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The bousine is a small, droneless bagpipe from the south of Normandy. It is of Saxon origin, and arrived in Normandy in the 13th Century.[1]

Latinists believe its name comes from the Latin Bûcina : "trompette". However, it may also come from the Old Norse Bųss : "conduit/tuyau".

This instrument is part of the family of Norman bagpipes, which also include the loure and the haute loure.


  1. ^ Les architectes odinistes des cathédrales. Les chanoinesses et les évêques odinistes dans les diocèses saxons-normands, Fascicules de I à VII, de Maurice Erwin Guignard, à Bonneval & Chartres.