plural -s
: the pear-shaped socket of an instrument of the clarinet class into which the mouthpiece is fitted

Word History


German (now usually birne), literally, pear, from Middle High German bir, from Old High German bira, from Medieval Latin pira

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“Birn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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