Definitions

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  • n. a curved, tapered metal tube which connects the reed of several double reed woodwind instruments (such as the cor anglais, bassoon, and contrabassoon) to the rest of the instrument
  • n. A cylindrical glass vessel, with a large and short neck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cylindrical glass vessel, with a large and short neck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cylindrical glass vessel with a short, wide neck and large mouth, used to contain anatomical specimens and the like, preserved in spirits.
  • n. The mouthpiece of a brass musical instrument, as a horn, a trumpet, or a trombone.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, given that high-school band instruments have been around since roughly the time of the ancient Sumerians ( "I don't care who your father is, Ur-Nungal, I will bump you to fifth clarinet if you don't sit up") without any evidence of major bocal-induced pandemics, one might ask why Rep. Donato is suddenly concerned about this now.

    Infirmary Blues

  • It's the word Celine used to refer to Sartre in l'Agité du bocal.

    Claire Devarrieux: Public Enemies: The "Principal Whipping Boys" of France

  • The ensemble includes a lasso d'amore--one of those ridged plastic tubes you whirl around your head, the pitch depending on how fast--and a tromboon, a slide trombone fitted with a bassoon bocal.

    Lulu Sings To Berg, With Love

  • But that doesn't stop us from savoring the latest bocal de bonheur, * and toasting to la petite voisine Janine.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • I've read the score but never heard the piece, which also uses tromboon, a slide trombone fitted with a bassoon bocal and reed.

    Junkestra

  • Tu peux mettre des marrons, des champignons (cèpes ou morilles, on en trouve en bocal séché).

    French Word-A-Day:

  • But that doesn't stop us from savoring the latest bocal de bonheur,* and toasting to la petite voisine Janine.

    noyau - French Word-A-Day

  • Tu peux mettre des marrons, des champignons cèpes ou morilles, on en trouve en bocal séché.

    facultatif - French Word-A-Day

  • Why burn these harmless useful creatures alive instead of returning them to their bocal à

    The Guardian World News

  • * French: "Il est félé du bocal" - His fishbowl is cracked; he's crazy.

    Boing Boing

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