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English

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Etymology

From Old French bourdon ‘drone’ (French bourdon), from Proto-Romance, of imitatory origin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'bʊədən/

Noun

bourdon

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) the burden or bass of a melody
    • 1985: The earth tremors resumed and made a bourdon to the loud psalms that they sang, interspersed with the odd ode of Horace recited by Silas. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
  2. the drone pipe of a bagpipe
  3. the lowest-pitched stop of an organ
  4. the lowest-pitched of a peal of bells
  5. a bumblebee

French

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Pronunciation

Noun

bourdon m. (plural bourdons)

  1. bumblebee (species of bee)
  2. (music) drone

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