A bassoon is a musical instrument with a low, rich tone. A bassoon is like a deep, bass version of an oboe.

In the category of woodwind instruments, which have reeds that rest on the musician's lips as she plays, the bassoon is the deepest-sounding. You will probably hear at least one bassoon if you attend a band or orchestral concert. The word bassoon comes from the 17th century French basson, sharing a Latin root with bassbassus, or "low."

Definitions of bassoon
  1. noun
    a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family
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    contrabassoon, contrafagotto, double bassoon
    the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family
    a tenor bassoon; pitched a fifth higher than the ordinary bassoon
    type of:
    double reed, double-reed instrument
    a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
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