[flaj-uh-let, -ley]

1650–60; < French, spelling variant of Old French flajolet, equivalent to flajol flute (< Vulgar Latin *flabeolum, derivative of Latin flāre to blow2) + -et -et

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noun, plural flageolets [fla-zhaw-le] . French.
a green baby lima bean.
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flageolet1 (ˌflædʒəˈlɛt)
a high-pitched musical instrument of the recorder family having six or eight finger holes
[C17: from French, modification of Old French flajolet a little flute, from flajol flute, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested), from Latin flāre to blow]

flageolet or flageolet bean2 (ˈflædʒəˌleɪ)
the pale green immature seed of a haricot bean, cooked and eaten as a vegetable
[C19: from French fageolet, from Latin phaseolus bean; perhaps influenced by flageolet1]
flageolet bean or flageolet bean2
[C19: from French fageolet, from Latin phaseolus bean; perhaps influenced by flageolet1]

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(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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The flageolet was less common than among other plains tribes.
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