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  1. any of a family of brass instruments close to the cornets and tubas.
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Origin of saxhorn

1835–45; named after A. Sax (1814–94), a Belgian who invented such instruments
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  • The saxhorn was invented about 1840 by Adolphe Sax, a Frenchman.

    Music Notation and Terminology

    Karl W. Gehrkens

  • All these valve instruments may be comprehended under the French name of saxhorn.

British Dictionary definitions for saxhorn


  1. a valved brass instrument used chiefly in brass and military bands, having a tube of conical bore and a brilliant tone colour. It resembles the tuba and constitutes a family of instruments related to the flugelhorn and cornet
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Word Origin

C19: named after Adolphe Sax (see saxophone), who invented it (1845)
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