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skirl  audio  (skûrl) KEY 

VERB:
skirled, skirl·ing, skirls
VERB:
intr.
To produce a high, shrill, wailing tone. Used of bagpipes.
VERB:
tr.
To play (a piece) on bagpipes.
NOUN:
  1. The shrill sound made by the chanter pipe of bagpipes.
  2. A shrill wailing sound: "The skirl of a police whistle split the stillness" (Sax Rohmer).

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English skrillen, skirlen, probably of Scandinavian origin


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