noun \ˈtü-bə, ˈtyü-\

: a large brass musical instrument that is played by blowing air into it and that produces low tones

Full Definition of TUBA

:  a large low-pitched brass instrument usually oval in shape and having a conical tube, a cup-shaped mouthpiece, and a usual range an octave lower than that of the euphonium
tu·ba·ist \-bə(-i)st\ or tub·ist \-bist\ noun

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Origin of TUBA

Italian, from Latin, trumpet
First Known Use: 1852

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Deep-pitched valved brass instrument with a widely expanding conical bore. Tubas vary in size and pitch. The tubing is coiled in an oblong shape, and the bell points upward or forward. Patented in Berlin in 1835, the tuba displaced the ophicleide to become the foundation of the brass section in the orchestra and in military and brass bands. See also euphonium, sousaphone.


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