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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tenor clarinet, pitched in F, having a wider bell and greater range than a standard clarinet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alto instrument of the clarinet family, pitched in F below middle C, with a range reaching down to F below that.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An instrument blown with a reed, and resembling a clarinet, but of much greater compass, embracing nearly four octaves; The corno di bassetto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument of the clarinet class, having a single reed and a long twice-bent wooden tube; really the tenor clarinet, being intermediate between the clarinet proper and the bass clarinet. Its compass is four octaves and two tones from the second F below middle C.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tenor clarinet; pitched in the key of F below the B-flat clarinet

Etymologies

Partial translation of German Bassetthorn : Bassett, type of low-pitched string instrument (ultimately from Italian basso, low; see basso) + Horn, horn (from the resemblance of early crescent-shaped models to hunting horns).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Bassetthorn, translation of French cor de bassette, from Italian corno di bassetto. (Wiktionary)

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