Complete Definition of "syrinx"

English

Etymology
From L. #Latin|syrinx, from AGr. polytonic|σῦριγξ ‘pipe, tube, channel, fistula’.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈsɪrɪŋks/

Noun
en-noun|plsyrinxes|pl2syringes

  1. A set of pan-pipes.

#*1982, John Fowles, Mantissa:
#*: Actually, to cut a long story short, he began...well, playing with a rather different sort of pipe. Or syrinx, as we called it. He obviously thought he was alone.
#*2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 247:
#*:Inside, somebody was playing a duet on syrinx and lyre.

  1. A narrow channel cut in rock, especially in ancient Egyptian tombs.
  2. zoology The voice organ in birds.

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