• Piper playing to two dancing sheep
    Piper playing to two dancing sheep
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piper someone who plays the bagpipe
    • n Piper type genus of the Piperaceae: large genus of chiefly climbing tropical shrubs
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tom, the Piper's Son music Tom, the Piper's Son music

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Twelve Days of Christmas" gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
    • Piper (Zoöl) A common European gurnard (Trigla lyra), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines.
    • Piper (Zoöl) A sea urchin (Goniocidaris hystrix) having very long spines, native of both the American and European coasts.
    • Piper (Mus) One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe. "The hereditary piper and his sons."
    • n Piper See Pepper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piper One who or that which pipes; one who plays on a pipe. In the following quotation from Chaucer the word is used to personify the box-tree, as furnishing the material from which pipes or musical instruments were made.
    • n piper Specifically.
    • n piper In ornithology:
    • n piper A sandpiper or sandpeep; a bird of the genus Tringa or some related genus, as Ereunetes. See cuts under Ereunetes, sandpiper, and stint.
    • n piper A young squab; a newly hatched pigeon.
    • n piper In ichthyology:
    • n piper The most general English name of the lyre-gurnard, Trigla lyra.
    • n piper An exocœtoid fish, Hemirhamphus intermedius, with an elongate body and ensiform lower jaw, common in New Zealand, and esteemed for its flesh as well as for the sport it gives. Also called garfish, ihi, and halfbeak.
    • n piper A kind of caddis-worm. See the quotation.
    • n piper The piper-urchin.
    • n piper In apiculture, an after-swarm having a virgin queen. Phin, Dict.
    • n piper See the quotation.
    • n piper A genus of plants, the type of the order Piperaceæ and tribe Prpereæ, characterized by the two to six stamens with distinct anther-cells, and an obtuse or slightly beaked ovary crowned with from two to five stigmas, becoming in fruit a small berry. There are over 650 species, widely dispersed through the tropics. They are most commonly jointed shrubby climbers, rarely trees or tall herbs, bearing alternate entire leaves with several or many conspicuous nerves, and large and often wing-like stipules. The flowers are densely packed together in cylindrical stalked spikes (or in a few species in racemes) —at first terminal, soon becoming opposite the leaves (as in Phytolacca), pendulous and slender, with diœeious or perfect flowers without calyx or corolla, each with a shield-shaped protecting bract. The Piper Æthiopicum of the shops is now placed in the genus Xylopia. See pepper, Chavica, and oil of cubebs (under oil); and for important species, see betel, coltsfoot (and lizard-tail), cubeb, kava, kawa-kawa, and matica.
    • n piper In ichthyology: Same as balao.
    • n piper In Newfoundland, a haddock which is only half dried.
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  • Proverb
    “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”


Pay the piper - When you pay the piper, you have to accept the consequences of something that you have done wrong or badly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Once we followed the piper; now why not the piper us?
"The Heptalogia" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Come and see me tomorrow, lad, after you have received Count Piper's instructions.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
Of course the inevitable question arises: Who is paying the Scarlet Piper?
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Wherever the pipers are, there will the Australians be gathered together.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
Bonnie Charlie, the king o' us a', us a', Wi' his hundred pipers, an' a', an' a'.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I." by Various
Here are my pipes, and here are you two gentlemen who are baith acclaimed pipers.
"The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book" by Various
In a moment the King clapped his hands, with a sign for the pipers and the fiddlers to stop playing.
"Fairies and Folk of Ireland" by William Henry Frost
He made his first report on Mrs. Piper in 1886.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
Who pays the piper must in future call the tune.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
The pipe of the piper is played out.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker

In poetry:

Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
Stole a pig and away he ran.
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat
And Tom went crying down the street.
"Thomas And Vivien" by Oscar Fay Adams
Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
Stole a pig and away he run,
"High cost of meat
I've got you beat,"
Said Tom, while making his retreat.
"Rursery Rhymes" by Abner Cosens
Oh, ye needna lauch at me, gudeman,
For grannie wadna lee,
An' said there was mair than fowk wad own
O' truth in the Piper's Tree.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Sae ye needna lauch at me, gudeman,
For my grannie wadna lee,
An' said there was mair than fowk wad own
O' truth in the Piper's Tree.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Come in, gudeman, for my heart is sair,
Come in to the lowin' licht,
An' I'll tell ye the doom o' the Piper's Tree,
For the gude o' us a' this nicht.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
"An' I canna rest wi' this wecht on my breast,
Sae, afore I steek my ee,
I maun tell ye sichts that I saw, an' the soun's
That I heard by the Piper's Tree.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

CCSU Women's Basketball Coach Beryl Piper Signs Five-Year Extension.
Women's basketball coach Beryl Piper has signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.
Meaning that we'll have parking spaces big enough to land a Piper Cub on but not big enough for bicycles because, anyway, it's "too dangerous".
Officials photograph wreckage of the Piper Malibu Mirage that crashed March 29, 2011, in Munson Park in Monroe.
Piper Sells Another European Meridian at Cannes AirShow.
Smokin' Works of Art: Rockstar Piper 'Salt' Holds Mixer At The Cave .
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub, a simple aircraft built between 1937 and 1947.
Duran Aviation will be responsible for marketing and selling the Piper Aircraft product line throughout Central America in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize.
Piper Adds Dealer in Central America .
PICAYUNE — That week had begun with a pre-dawn call from our daughter that their Lab Piper was on her last legs, and could I come get her to the vet.
Paule Constable , Gareth Fry, Tom Piper, Emma Williams, and Todd Rosenthal win 2009 Olivier Awards.
Apple is working on a television we'll likely meet late this year, say Piper Jaffray analysts.
Andy Smith owns a Piper Aztec and keeps it at Jabara.
Piper YEAR: Junior SPORT: BasketballAs the Pirates' point guard, Woolley was instrumental in helping claim the championship at Eudora's Cardinal Invitational.
Almost two years ago to this day the Hamlin Pied Pipers took a 17-9 lead into the fourth quarter against the younger Munday Moguls.

In science:

Beker, J. and Piper, F., 1982, Cipher systems: the protection of communications (London: Northwood publications).
A simple unbreakable code
This technique was pioneered by H Piper back in 1912.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Piper B., Ratti C., Ishii H. “Illuminating Clay: a 3D Tangible Interface for Landscape Analysis”. In Proc. of the ACM conf.
Working Document on Gloss Ontology