from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woodwind instrument which was the predecessor of the clarinet.
- n. The lowest range of the clarinet, reaching up to written B♭ (B flat) above middle C.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete musical instrument, probably of the clarinet class. See shawm.
- n. The lowest portion or register of the scale of the clarinet and of the basset-horn.
From French chalumeau, from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus ("reed"), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos, "reed"). (Wiktionary)