chalumeau

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French chalumeau, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus (reed), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos, reed). Doublet of shawm and probably caramel.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌʃælʊˈməʊ/

Noun[edit]

chalumeau (plural chalumeaus or chalumeaux)

  1. (music) A woodwind instrument which was the predecessor of the clarinet.
  2. The lowest range of the clarinet, reaching up to written B♭ (B flat) above middle C.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus (reed), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos, reed).

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Noun[edit]

chalumeau m (plural chalumeaux)

  1. blowtorch
  2. (music) chalumeau

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