[ahm-boo-shoo r, ahm-boo-shoo r; French ahn-boo-shyr]
noun, plural em·bou·chures [ahm-boo-shoo rz; ahm-boo-shoo rz; French ahn-boo-shyr] /ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊərz; ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊərz; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür/.
  1. the mouth of a river.
  2. the opening out of a valley into a plain.
  3. Music.
    1. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument.
    2. the adjustment of a player's mouth to such a mouthpiece.

Origin of embouchure

1750–60; < French, equivalent to embouch(er) to put (an instrument) to one's mouth (em- em-1 + bouche mouth < Latin bucca puffed cheek) + -ure -ure
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  1. the mouth of a river or valley
  2. music
    1. the correct application of the lips and tongue in playing a wind instrument
    2. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument

Word Origin for embouchure

C18: from French, from Old French emboucher to put to one's mouth, from bouche mouth, from Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for embouchure

1760, in musical sense, from French embouchure "river mouth, mouth of a wind instrument," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + bouche "mouth" (see bouche).

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