- a small end-blown flute with four finger holes in front and two in the rear.
- any fipple flute.
Origin of flageolet1
- a green baby lima bean.
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Examples from the Web for flageolet
Bob was an artist: he could paint, write, and play the flageolet.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
And so to his flageolet again, finding a consolation in the sweetness of his own performance.Doom Castle
When one cannot whistle well it is better to use a flageolet.The Natural History of Cage Birds
J. M. Bechstein
The notes perfectly resemble a run upwards on the flageolet.
There were sometimes other instruments—the flageolet and the triangle.The Blue-Grass Region of Kentucky
James Lane Allen
- a high-pitched musical instrument of the recorder family having six or eight finger holes
C17: from French, modification of Old French flajolet a little flute, from flajol flute, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested), from Latin flāre to blow
- the pale green immature seed of a haricot bean, cooked and eaten as a vegetable
C19: from French fageolet, from Latin phaseolus bean; perhaps influenced by flageolet 1
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