basset horn

noun

Definition of basset horn

: a tenor clarinet in F pitched lower than the normal clarinet

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History and Etymology for basset horn

probably from German bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto (diminutive of basso bass) + German horn (from Old High German)

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“Basset horn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basset%20horn. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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