basset-horn

basset horn

noun
an alto horn with a soft tone.

Origin:
1825–35; < German Bassetthorn < Italian corno di bassetto horn of a somewhat low range. See corn2, basset1

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basset horn
 
n
an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family
 
[C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn]

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