cor anglais

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French cor ‎(horn) + anglais ‎(English), calqued from a misunderstanding of Middle High German engellisches Horn ("angelic horn"), from the resemblance of the instrument to horns played by angels as depicted in the Middle Ages.

Noun[edit]

cor anglais ‎(plural cor anglais)

  1. A double reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family that is pitched in F, a fifth lower than the oboe and is consequently approximately one-third longer than the oboe.

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