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

  • n. The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon. Also called double bassoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A larger version of the bassoon sounding one octave lower, having a technique similar to the bassoon but offers more resistance in every way.

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

  • n. the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family


Semi-anglicized version of Italian contrafagotto, probably following the model of the English word contrabass (which derives from Italian contrabbasso). (Wiktionary)


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