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Meaning of OBOE

Pronunciation:  'owbow

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece

OBOE is a 4 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: hautbois, hautboy
 See Also: basset oboe, double-reed instrument, heckelphone, musette pipe, oboe da caccia, oboe d'amore, shawm



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\O"boe\, n. [It., fr. F. hautbois. See {Hautboy}.] (Mus.)
One of the higher wind instruments in the modern orchestra,
yet of great antiquity, having a penetrating pastoral quality
of tone, somewhat like the clarinet in form, but more
slender, and sounded by means of a double reed; a hautboy.

{Oboe d'amore} [It., lit., oboe of love], and {Oboe di
caccia} [It., lit., oboe of the chase], are names of obsolete
   modifications of the oboe, often found in the scores of
   Bach and Handel.

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