oboe

An oboe is a long, black musical instrument. You play an oboe by blowing into its mouthpiece and pressing keys to form notes.

The earliest oboe was modeled after an extremely loud, high-pitched Middle Eastern instrument called the shawm. The name oboe was originally hautbois, or "high, loud wood" in French, also sometimes spelled hoboy in English. The Italians transliterated the French name to oboè, and the English followed around 1770 with oboe. Another distinctive feature of the oboe is its double reed mouthpiece.

Definitions of oboe
  1. noun
    a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
    synonyms: hautbois, hautboy
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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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