American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small flutelike instrument with a cylindrical mouthpiece, four finger holes, and two thumbholes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the flute or whistle class, in which the tone is produced by a stream of air striking against a sharp edge. It consists of a mouthpiece, usually a bulb in which the tone is produced, and a tube with six finger-holes. Its compass is a little more than two octaves upward from the G next above middle C. It is not now used in the orchestra. It is the representative of the ancient and medieval flute, its immediate precursor being the recorder. It is often called a flûte-à-bec, in distinction from the modern German or transverse flute. The penny whistle is a cheap form of it.
- n. In organ-building, a stop, usually of 2-feet tone, giving high fluty tones.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A small wooden pipe, having six or more holes, and a mouthpiece inserted at one end. It produces a shrill sound, softer than of the piccolo flute, and is said to have superseded the old recorder.
- n. a French bean variety with light-colored seeds; usually dried
- n. a small fipple flute with four finger holes and two thumb holes
- From French flageolet. (Wiktionary)
- French, diminutive of Old French flajol, flute, from Vulgar Latin *flābeolum, possibly alteration of Latin flābellum, diminutive of flābrum, gust of wind, from flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Chinese flageolet is a tube measuring a little more than a foot in length.”
“It is a winter dish because it is very hearty and uses preserved meats such as sausages and duck confit, cooked with white beans called flageolet.”
“The flageolet was the latest form of the treble, beak, or whistle head flute.”
“The flageolet is the musical instrument of young men and is principally used in love-affairs to attract the attention of the maiden and reveal the presence of the lover," says Miss Alice”
“After playing a little upon my new little flageolet, that is so soft that pleases me mightily, betimes to my office, where most of the morning.”
“There is no one I envy so much as I do P; a cap and bells is a crown to him; a tune upon a flageolet is a concert; if the sun shines, he sports himself in its beams; if”
“The _zortico zorisco_, or "evolution of eight," is danced to sound of tambourines, fifes, and a kind of flageolet -- _el silbato_, resembling the rude instruments of the”
“The drum, which is beat at their feasts, dances and games, the tambourin, and a kind of flageolet, made of cane or two pieces of soft wood hollowed out and fastened together with strips of leather.”
“The great's knobs include the "flageolet" and the "open diapason,”
“At Sitka & Spruce, braised lamb simmers with flageolet beans in a fireplace and ends up in a terra-cotta pot with grilled house-made merguez sausage, a poached egg from The Corson Building's chicken coop and a brown butter and walnut drizzle.”
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