shawm

noun
\ ˈshȯm How to pronounce shawm (audio) \

Definition of shawm

: an early double-reed woodwind instrument

First Known Use of shawm

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shawm

Middle English (Scots) schalme, alteration of Middle English shalemie, from Middle French chalemie, ultimately from Latin calamus reed — more at calamus

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“Shawm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shawm. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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