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[duhb-uh l-reed]
adjective Music.
  1. of or relating to wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe.
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Origin of double-reed

First recorded in 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • The original form of the reed instruments was of the double-reed variety.

    Critical & Historical Essays

    Edward MacDowell

British Dictionary definitions for double-reed


  1. relating to or denoting a wind instrument in which the sounds are produced by air passing over two reeds that vibrate against each other
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