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

  • n. A double-reed woodwind instrument similar to but larger than the oboe and pitched lower by a fifth.

Etymologies

Translation of French cor anglais, perhaps alteration of cor anglé, bent horn (from the curved crook to which the mouthpiece is attached) : cor, horn + anglé, bent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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