shawm

[ shawm ]
/ ʃɔm /

noun

an early musical woodwind instrument with a double reed: the forerunner of the modern oboe.

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Origin of shawm

1300–50; Middle English schalme < Middle French chaume < Latin calamus stalk, reed < Greek kálamos reed; replacing Middle English schallemele < Middle French chalemel (see chalumeau)
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shawm
/ (ʃɔːm) /

noun

music a medieval form of the oboe with a conical bore and flaring bell, blown through a double reed

Word Origin for shawm

C14 shalmye, from Old French chalemie, ultimately from Latin calamus a reed, from Greek kalamos
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