Goniocidaris hystrix
Piper Pip"er, n. 1. (Mus.) One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe. ``The hereditary piper and his sons.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gurnard ({Trigla lyra}), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines. (b) A sea urchin ({Goniocidaris hystrix}) having very long spines, native of both the American and European coasts. [1913 Webster]

{To pay the piper}, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble. [1913 Webster]


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  • Piper — Pip er, n. 1. (Mus.) One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe. The hereditary piper and his sons. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A common European gurnard ({Trigla lyra}), having a large head, with prominent nasal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pay the piper — Piper Pip er, n. 1. (Mus.) One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe. The hereditary piper and his sons. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A common European gurnard ({Trigla lyra}), having a large head, with prominent nasal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trigla lyra — Piper Pip er, n. 1. (Mus.) One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe. The hereditary piper and his sons. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A common European gurnard ({Trigla lyra}), having a large head, with prominent nasal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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