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  • From Middle English pipe, pype, from Old English pīpe ("pipe (musical instrument); the channel of a small stream"), from Proto-Germanic *pīpǭ. Reinforced by Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pipire, pipiare, pipare, from pīpiō, of imitative origin. fife.
  • The “storage container” and “liquid measure” senses are derived from Middle English pipe ("large storage receptacle, particularly for wine; cask, vat; measure of volume"), from pīpe (above) and Old French pipe ("liquid measure").
  • The verb is from Middle English pipen, pypyn, from Old English pīpian ("to pipe").

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