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1 As verb. Sound produced by emitting breath through small aperture in pursed lips, pitch being controlled by shaping of the mouth as resonating chamber. Some people can whistle through their teeth. Some professional whistlers have appeared on concert platform. Bing Crosby was a mellifluous whistler. Harty, at rehearsal, did not sing or hum phrases to the orch. to indicate how he wished them to be played but whistled in perfect pitch and tune.

2 As noun. Term for various primitive wind instr., e.g. tin‐whistle.

Subjects: Music.

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