[woo d-wind]
  1. a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones.
  2. woodwinds, the section of an orchestra or band comprising the woodwind instruments.
  1. of, relating to, or composed of woodwinds.

Origin of woodwind

First recorded in 1875–80; wood1 + wind3
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  1. of, relating to, or denoting a type of wind instrument, excluding the brass instruments, formerly made of wood but now often made of metal, such as the flute or clarinet
  1. (functioning as plural) woodwind instruments collectively
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Word Origin and History for woodwind

1876, from wood (n.) + wind (n.).

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