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or flu·gel·horn, flue·gel·horn

[floo-guh l-hawrn; German fly-guh l-hawrn]
  1. a brass wind instrument with three valves, usually pitched in B flat and used especially in military bands.
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Origin of flügelhorn

1850–55; < German, equivalent to Flügel wing + Horn horn
Related formsflü·gel·horn·ist, flu·gel·horn·ist, flue·gel·horn·ist, noun
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  1. a type of valved brass instrument consisting of a tube of conical bore with a cup-shaped mouthpiece, used esp in brass bands. It is a transposing instrument in B flat or C, and has the same range as the cornet in B flat
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Word Origin

German Flügelhorn, from Flügel wing + Horn horn
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Word Origin and History for flugelhorn


1854, from German flügelhorn, from flügel "wing" (related to fliegen "to fly;" see fly (v.1)) + horn "horn" (see horn (n.)).

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