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contrabassoon

[ kon-truh-ba-soon, -buh- ]
/ ˈkɒn trə bæˈsun, -bə- /
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noun
a bassoon larger in size and an octave lower in pitch than the ordinary bassoon; a double bassoon.
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Origin of contrabassoon

First recorded in 1890–95; contra-2 + bassoon

OTHER WORDS FROM contrabassoon

con·tra·bas·soon·ist, noun
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How to use contrabassoon in a sentence

  • The performances also feature long stretches with two bass players and, aside from Coltrane’s saxophones, there are musicians bringing in the unusual-for-jazz timbres of the oboe, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.

British Dictionary definitions for contrabassoon

contrabassoon
/ (ˌkɒntrəbəˈsuːn) /

noun
the largest instrument in the oboe family, pitched an octave below the bassoon; double bassoon

Derived forms of contrabassoon

contrabassoonist, noun
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