Origin of shawm
Examples from the Web for shawm
The shawm was silent, the herdsman bent questioningly over the wall and Kurwenal made answer.The Road to the Open|Arthur Schnitzler
In the second wagon will follow the musicians, the players upon the drum, the fife, and the shawm.
The name is believed to be derived from calamaula, a reed-pipe, which was corrupted to chalem-elle and then to shawm.
A figure is given (Galpin, p. 159) of a goat playing on a shawm from a carving of the twelfth century at Canterbury.
Cornemuse is a bagpipe; shalmye is a shawm, which was a wind-instrument, being derived from Lat.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
Word Origin for shawm
"medieval oboe-like instrument," mid-14c., schalmeis (plural), also schallemele (late 14c.), from Old French chalemie, chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, literally "a small reed," diminutive of Latin calamus "reed," from Greek kalamos, from PIE *kole-mo- "grass, reed" (cf. Old English healm "straw," Latin culmus "stalk"). Mistaken as a plural and trimmed of its "-s" ending from mid-15c. Related: Shawmist.