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1. Also called musette' bag". a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like.
2. a French bagpipe of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with several chambers and drones, and with the wind supplied by a bellows rather than a blowpipe.
3. a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm.
4. a short musical piece with a drone bass, often forming the middle section of a gavotte.
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