dol·​ci·​an | \ ˈdälsēən, ˈdōl-, ˈdȯl- \
variants: or dulcian \ ˈdəl-​ \ or less commonly dolcino \ dōlˈchē(ˌ)nō \
plural -s

Definition of dolcian

1 : a small musical instrument sounding like a bassoon and used in the 16th and 17th centuries
2 or less commonly dulzian \ ˈdəlzēən \ : a pipe-organ stop sounding like a bassoon

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History and Etymology for dolcian

dolcian, dulcian alteration of dulciana; dolcino from Italian, modification of Medieval Latin dulciana

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“Dolcian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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