chalumeau

noun cha·lu·meau \¦shalə¦mō\

Definition of chalumeau

plural

chalumeaux

\-ōz\
  1. 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

  2. 2 :  chanter 3

  3. 3 :  the lowest register of the clarinet —often used as a direction to play a passage an octave lower

  4. 4 :  a reed organ pipe usually of 8-foot pitch and of clarinetlike tone —called also schalmei

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Origin and Etymology of chalumeau

French, from Late Latin calamellus little reed


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