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blowpipe

1. a tube for blowing air or oxygen into a flame to intensify its heat and direct it onto a small area
2. a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape

blowpipe

[′blō‚pīp]
(biology)
A small tube, tapering to a straight or slightly curved tip, used in anatomy and zoology to reveal or clean a cavity.
(engineering)
A long, straight tube, used in glass blowing, on which molten glass is gathered and worked.
A small, tapered, and frequently curved tube that leads a jet, usually of air, into a flame to concentrate and direct it; used in flame tests in analytical chemistry and in brazing and soldering of fine work.
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It is not known whether Steno, who was a physician at the Court of the Medicis in Florence, had obtained his knowledge of the blowpipe at the Accademia del Cimento, and then passed this knowledge on to his countryman Bartholin in Copenhagen.
Equipped only with a bush knife and a blowpipe, they could survive because they knew all the secrets of a once magnificent nature.
(48) After buying a blowpipe which one of the men was carrying, and trying to obtain various items of information, he 'made an arrangement with them to accompany me on the following morning to their quarters, which they readily promised to do....
The blowpipes and hand tools such as jacks, pinchers, and shears were "designed centuries ago," he notes.
The whole glass vessel could then be allowed to cool and be broken off the blowpipe. In this way, artistic vases and cups and vessels of all kinds could be made.
In that short little war, some outdated Argentine planes went up against American Sidewinder missiles on British Harrier fighters and a whole array of surface-to-air missiles: Sea Slug, Sea Cat, Sea Dart, Sea Wolf, Rapier, even the shoulder-fired British Blowpipe and American Stinger.
If you see someone who looks like Kevin Keegan armed with a blowpipe, send me an email.
The Prince takes aim with a blowpipe The Prince of Wales feeds an orangutan during a visit to the Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre yesterday
e giant Malaysian orangutan weighed in at 130 lbs (60kg) and it took tranquilliser darts red by a zookeeper through a blowpipe, to subdue him before he could cause any further damage.
Get past the rather unusual setting and the foreign voices and what you really have is a typical chase movie, but Mel Gibson is the best there is when it comes to excitement, style and grime, and under his expert directorial hand it becomes something extraordinary - even if there are more historical inaccuracies than you can shake a blowpipe at.
Opening it, he extracted a blowpipe and then a small dart.
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