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Drone

(l syl.). The largest tube of a bagpipe; so called because it sounds only one continuous note. (German, drohne, verb, drohnen, to groan or drone.)

A drone.
An idle person who lives on the means of another, as drones on the honey collected by bees; a sluggard. (Anglo-Saxon dræn, a male bee.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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