basset horn


noun

an alto horn with a soft tone.

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Origin of basset horn

1825–35; < German Bassetthorn < Italian corno di bassetto horn of a somewhat low range. See corn2, basset1
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British Dictionary definitions for basset horn

basset horn

noun

an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family

Word Origin for basset horn

C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn
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