cha·​lu·​meau | \ ¦shalə¦mō \
plural chalumeaux\ -​ōz \

Definition of chalumeau

1a : a medieval wind instrument consisting of an upright tube surmounted by a small tube in which was fixed a double reed : shawm
b : an obsolete single-reed wind instrument of varying size that after progressive modifications became the clarinet
3 : the lowest register of the clarinet often used as a direction to play a passage an octave lower
4 : a reed organ pipe usually of 8-foot pitch and of clarinetlike tone

called also schalmei

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History and Etymology for chalumeau

French, from Late Latin calamellus little reed

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“Chalumeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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