alpenhorn

noun
al·​pen·​horn | \ ˈal-pən-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce alpenhorn (audio) \
variants: or alphorn \ ˈalp-​ˌhȯrn How to pronounce alpenhorn (audio) \

Definition of alpenhorn

: a straight wooden horn 5 to 14 feet (about 1.5 to 4.3 meters) in length used chiefly by Swiss herdsmen

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First Known Use of alpenhorn

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alpenhorn

German, from Alpen + Horn horn

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“Alpenhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpenhorn. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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