shawm

noun

: an early double-reed woodwind instrument

Examples of shawm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other musicians performing include Grammy-winning percussionist Lekan Babalola, vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, shawm player Jude Rees, bagpiper Chris Crouch and Djembe player Abraham Paddy Tetteh. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shawm was in the 15th century

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“Shawm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shawm. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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