Definition of side-blown

: played or sounded by. blowing into or across a hole in the side : having a mouthpiece on the side a side-blown pipe The frog shell is very knobbly and is therefore end-blown in Fiji, where it is known to have been a ritual instrument, whereas the triton there is always side-blown.— Jeremy Montagu, Origins and Development of Musical Instruments, 2007 — compare end-blown

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First Known Use of side-blown

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Side-blown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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