from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a family of wind instruments intended to replace the oboe and bassoon in bands
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument, properly of the oboe class, but with a tube of metal, invented in 1863 by a French band-master, Sarrus.
From Pierre-Auguste Sarrus French bandmaster (Wiktionary)