bassoon

bassoon

[ba-soon, buh-]
noun
a large woodwind instrument of low range, with a doubled tube and a curved metal crook to which a double reed is attached.

Origin:
1720–30; < French basson < Italian bassone (bass(o) low (see base2) + -one augmentative suffix)

bassoonist, noun
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bassoon (bəˈsuːn)
 
n
1.  a woodwind instrument, the tenor of the oboe family. Range: about three and a half octaves upwards from the B flat below the bass staff
2.  an orchestral musician who plays the bassoon
 
[C18: from French basson, from Italian bassone, from basso deep; see base²]
 
bas'soonist
 
n

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bassoon
1727, from Fr. basson (17c.), from It. bassone, augmentative of basso (see bass (adj.)).
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bassoon definition


The second largest and second lowest pitched of the woodwinds. (The less common contrabassoon is larger and has a lower pitch.) It is played with a double reed.

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