a. A small French bagpipe operated with a bellows and having a soft sound.
b. A soft pastoral air that imitates bagpipe music.
2. A small canvas or leather bag with a shoulder strap, as one used by soldiers or travelers. Also called musette bag.
[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of muse, from muser, to play the musette, muse; see MUSE.]
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