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flageolet

[flaj-uh-let, -ley] /ˌflædʒ əˈlɛt, -ˈleɪ/
noun
1.
a small end-blown flute with four finger holes in front and two in the rear.
2.
any fipple flute.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < French, spelling variant of Old French flajolet, equivalent to flajol flute (< Vulgar Latin *flabeolum, derivative of Latin flāre to blow2) + -et -et

flageolet

[fla-zhaw-le] /fla ʒɔˈlɛ/
noun, plural flageolets
[fla-zhaw-le] /fla ʒɔˈlɛ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a green baby lima bean.
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  • The flageolet was less common than among other plains tribes.
British Dictionary definitions for flageolet

flageolet1

/ˌflædʒəˈlɛt/
noun
1.
a high-pitched musical instrument of the recorder family having six or eight finger holes
Word Origin
C17: from French, modification of Old French flajolet a little flute, from flajol flute, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested), from Latin flāre to blow

flageolet2

/ˈflædʒəˌleɪ/
noun
1.
the pale green immature seed of a haricot bean, cooked and eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C19: from French fageolet, from Latin phaseolus bean; perhaps influenced by flageolet1
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Encyclopedia Article for flageolet

(from Old French flageol: "pipe," or "tabor pipe"), wind instrument closely related to the recorder. Like the recorder it is a fipple, or whistle, flute-i.e., one sounded by a stream of breath directed through a duct to strike the sharp edge of a hole cut in the side of the pipe. The name flageolet was applied to such flutes at least from the 13th century, but from the late 16th century it has referred most specifically to a form of the instrument developed at that time in Paris. Its principal, or French, form has a contracting bore with four front finger holes and two back thumbholes. From the mid-18th century the beaked mouthpiece formerly used was replaced by a narrow tube of bone or ivory that led to a chamber maintaining steady air pressure and holding a sponge to absorb breath moisture

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