[bom-ber-duh n, bom-bahr-dn]
- a bass reed stop on a pipe organ.
- a large, deep-toned, valved, brass wind instrument resembling a tuba.
Origin of bombardon
1855–60; < Italian bombardone wind instrument, equivalent to bombard(o) an oboelike instrument, orig., mortar (see bombard) + -one augmentative suffix
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Examples from the Web for bombardon
As well liken a fugue with flute and cymbals to an oratorio with bombardon and sky-rockets!Fly Fishing in Wonderland
A cripple, in whom one would scarcely recognize the former stalwart Sergeant Bombardon, is the bearer.
Sergeant Bombardon, who is to take away the drafted men, is already in town with his soldiers.
The bombardon in B flat or C, an octave lower than the euphonium, corresponds to the contrabass tuba in the orchestra.
- a brass instrument of the tuba type, similar to a sousaphone
- a 16-foot bass reed stop on an organ
C19: from Italian bombardone; see bombard
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