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hautboy

[hoh-boi, oh-boi] /ˈhoʊ bɔɪ, ˈoʊ bɔɪ/
noun
1.
oboe.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French hautbois, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + bois wood (see bush1)
Related forms
hautboyist, noun
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hautboy

/ˈəʊbɔɪ/
noun
1.
Also called hautbois strawberry, haubois (ˈəʊbɔɪ). a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with large fruit
2.
an archaic word for oboe
Word Origin
C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush1
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Word Origin and History for hautboy
n.

1570s, from French hautbois "high wood" (15c.; see oboe). The "high" is haut in its secondary sense of "high-pitched." Frequently nativized as hoboy.

This Pageaunt waz clozd vp with a delectable harmony of Hautboiz, Shalmz, Coronets, and such oother looud muzik. [Robert Laneham, 1575]

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