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  1. an alto wind instrument similar to the oboe or medieval shawm, used mainly in Breton traditional music
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Word Origin

French, from bombard, in the sense of booming sound
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Historical Examples

  • Thereupon she and the Bombarde, who had just lighted a link dipped in sulphur set fire to the first bundles of wood and straw.

    The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer

    Eugne Sue

  • Cornelia Mirant received a wound upon the neck; the Bombarde perished in the breach.