basset horn



an alto horn with a soft tone.

Origin of basset horn

1825–35; < German Bassetthorn < Italian corno di bassetto horn of a somewhat low range. See corn2, basset1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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basset horn


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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