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[suh-roo-zuh-fohn, -ruhs-uh-]
  1. a metal double-reed wind instrument with a conical bore, related to the oboe and used especially in military bands.
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Origin of sarrusophone

1870–75; named after Sarrus (19th-century French bandmaster); see -o-, -phone
Related formssar·ru·so·phon·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of sarrusophone

  • The tone of the sarrusophone is something like that of the bassoon.

    Music Notation and Terminology

    Karl W. Gehrkens

  • Mr. Mimram Stoot, who accompanied himself on the sarrusophone, endorsed the iconoclastic views of his sister.

  • The sarrusophone may fairly be regarded as an oboe or bassoon; but the saxophone is not so closely related to the clarinet.

British Dictionary definitions for sarrusophone


  1. a wind instrument resembling the oboe but made of brass
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Word Origin for sarrusophone

C19: named after Sarrus, French bandmaster, who invented it (1856)
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