[ shawm ]
/ ʃɔm /


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

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shawm

/ (ʃɔːm) /


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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