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[shawm] /ʃɔm/
an early musical woodwind instrument with a double reed: the forerunner of the modern oboe.
Origin of shawm
1300-50; Middle English schalme < Middle French chaume < Latin calamus stalk, reed < Greek kálamos reed; replacing Middle English schallemele < Middle French chalemel (see chalumeau) Unabridged
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(music) a medieval form of the oboe with a conical bore and flaring bell, blown through a double reed
Word Origin
C14 shalmye, from Old French chalemie, ultimately from Latin calamus a reed, from Greek kalamos
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Word Origin and History for shawm

"medieval oboe-like instrument," mid-14c., schalmeis (plural), also schallemele (late 14c.), from Old French chalemie, chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, literally "a small reed," diminutive of Latin calamus "reed," from Greek kalamos, from PIE *kole-mo- "grass, reed" (cf. Old English healm "straw," Latin culmus "stalk"). Mistaken as a plural and trimmed of its "-s" ending from mid-15c. Related: Shawmist.

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