double reed


: 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)

Examples of double reed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While this is not a jazz album, the warm tone and flowing sound of Van Handel's double reed instrument could make this recording appealing to jazz listeners as well as classical ones. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 25 Jan. 2023 This full range double reed design has good highs and lows. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 23 Jan. 2023 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

Time Traveler
The first known use of double reed was circa 1876

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“Double reed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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