E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
the refrain of comic songs, is a corruption of the Italian turluru, and the French turlureau or turelure. Loure is an old French word for a bagpipe, and toure loure means a refrain on the bagpipe. The refrain of a French song published in 1697 is