a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones.
woodwinds, the section of an orchestra or band comprising the woodwind instruments.
of, relating to, or composed of woodwinds.

1875–80; wood1 + wind3

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woodwind (ˈwʊdˌwɪnd)
1.  of, relating to, or denoting a type of wind instrument, excluding the brass instruments, formerly made of wood but now often made of metal, such as the flute or clarinet
2.  (functioning as plural) woodwind instruments collectively

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It maintains the golden glow of its famous string sound and its tradition of impeccable woodwind playing.
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Instruments such as clarinets or oboes, in which the pipes are made from wood, are woodwind instruments.
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