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chalumeau

[shal-yuh-moh; French sha-ly-moh] /ˌʃæl yəˈmoʊ; French ʃa lüˈmoʊ/
noun, plural chalumeaux
[shal-yuh-mohz; French sha-ly-moh] /ˌʃæl yəˈmoʊz; French ʃa lüˈmoʊ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Music. the low register of the clarinet.
2.
a 17th- or 18th-century woodwind instrument.
Origin of chalumeau
1705-1715
1705-15; < French: orig., flute made from a reed, stem of a reed; Old French chalemel < Late Latin calamellus narrow reed; see calamus, -elle
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