pennywhistle [pen′ē hwis΄əl, pen′ēwis΄əl]
prob. because originally inexpensive
any of various fipple flutes of metal, wood, or plastic with open holes for fingering

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pen·ny·whis·tle also pen·ny whis·tle (pĕnʹē-hwĭs'əl, -wĭs'-) n.
An inexpensive fipple flute, usually having a plastic mouthpiece and a tin body.

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