from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various early double-reed wind instruments, forerunners of the modern oboe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a mediaeval double reed wind instrument with conical wooden body
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wind instrument of music, formerly in use, supposed to have resembled either the clarinet or the hautboy in form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the oboe class, having a double reed inclosed in a globular mouthpiece.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a medieval oboe
Middle English schalme, from Old French chalemie, alteration of chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus, reed, from Greek kalamos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chalemel (French chalumeau), from Latin calamus ("reed"), from Greek καλαμος. (Wiktionary)