double reed

noun

: two reeds bound together with a slight separation between them so that air passing through them causes them to beat against one another and that are used as a sound-producing device in certain woodwind instruments (such as members of the oboe family)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For the Vietnamese character Tiên Luu (Y. Lan), Blanchard wrote a mournful melody for duduk, an Armenian double reed woodwind, performed by Pedro Eustache. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double reed was circa 1876

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“Double reed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20reed. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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