hautboy

Definitions of hautboy
  1. noun
    a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
    synonyms: hautbois, oboe
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    basset oboe, heckelphone
    an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe
    musette pipe
    a small simple oboe
    oboe da caccia
    an alto oboe; precursor of the English horn
    oboe d'amore
    an oboe pitched a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe; used to perform baroque music
    shawm
    a medieval oboe
    bombard, bombardon
    a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
    type of:
    double reed, double-reed instrument
    a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
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