A bugle is a very simple brass instrument. Bugles are commonly used in the military to mark parts of the day, including first thing in the morning.

Bugles are notable for their lack of valves — instead of controlling pitch with the fingers, a bugler does it entirely with her lips on the mouthpiece. The traditional bugle call is the series of notes used in military camps to signal daybreak and dusk, and sometimes other daily routines. Bugle was originally an Old French word meaning "musical horn," but also "wild ox" or "buffalo." The "horn" meaning came from the curled shape of an animal's horn.

Definitions of bugle
  1. noun
    a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
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    brass, brass instrument
    a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
  2. verb
    play on a bugle
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    play, spiel
    replay (as a melody)
  3. noun
    a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration
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    a small ball with a hole through the middle
  4. noun
    any of various low-growing annual or perennial evergreen herbs native to Eurasia; used for ground cover
    synonyms: bugleweed
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    Ajuga reptans, creeping bugle
    low rhizomatous European carpeting plant having spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in parts of United States
    Ajuga genevensis, blue bugle, erect bugle
    upright rhizomatous perennial with bright blue flowers; southern Europe
    Ajuga pyramidalis, pyramid bugle
    European evergreen carpeting perennial
    Ajuga chamaepitys, ground pine, yellow bugle
    low-growing annual with yellow flowers dotted red; faintly aromatic of pine resin; Europe, British Isles and North Africa
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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