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small transverse fluteflute,
in music, generic term for such wind instruments as the fife, the flageolet, the panpipes, the piccolo, and the recorder. The tone of all flutes is produced by an airstream directed against an edge, producing eddies that set up vibrations in the air enclosed in the
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 pitched an octave higher than the standard flute. Its tone is bright and shrill, and it can produce the highest notes in the orchestral range. The piccolo is used in orchestras and especially in military bands. See fifefife,
small transverse flute with six to eight finger holes adopted for military music by Swiss regiments serving in France in the late 15th cent. The fife was used in the British army until the end of the 19th cent. The piccolo has largely replaced the fife in modern use.
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in any family of musical instruments, the one that is smallest, and highest in pitch (piccolo flute, piccolo domra, and so forth). The term usually refers to the smallest flute.


a woodwind instrument, the smallest member of the flute family, lying an octave above that of the flute
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Last year Lance Corporal Andrew Craw, 21, died as he tried to unjam his Minimi machine gun on a training exercise at a firing range near Basra last January.
But despite the success of MiniMi there are plans to extend further and Diane is in the process of getting a website set up to cater for on-line shoppers.
So the Minimis - which can blast through a brick wall - were useless for three days in the first week of January.
Dale's death comes 17 months after 21-year-old Andrew Craw, of the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in a similar Minimi gun tragedy in Basra, Iraq
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The Minimi automatic machine gun was issued to troops from the 1st Light Infantry Battalion, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Battle Group (2RTR), after undergoing rigorous testing by ballistic experts.
He used a F-89 Minimi machine gun during the event held in front of soldiers of the third Royal Australian Regiment at Holsworthy Army Barracks.
Asked if Minimi machine guns and under-slung grenade launchers would have made the British troops a match for their attackers, Maj Bristow said: "It would have made a hell of a difference.
Andy died just 12 hours into his tour in Iraq after trying to unjam a Minimi machine gun, a weapon he was being trained to use for the first time.
He had been practising with a Belgian-made Minimi machine-gun on the range when the weapon jammed.
Andy, a Lance Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was shot on a makeshift firing range near Basra in January while trying to clear a jammed Minimi machine gun.