shawm

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From Old French chalemel (French chalumeau), from Latin calamus ‎(reed), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος ‎(kálamos).

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shawm ‎(plural shawms)

  1. A mediaeval double-reed wind instrument with a conical wooden body.
    • 1985: There are four flutes, a harp of twenty strings, a mournful shawm, and a number of drums of oxhide, some to be struck, others spanked. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked

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