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
2 : chanter 3
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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Origin and Etymology of chalumeau
French, from Late Latin calamellus little reed
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