Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In organ-building, a loud reed-stop. Also cornet.
- n. A small cornet of wood or horn, once very common in Germany. It had usually seven finger-holes, and a cupped mouthpiece. It was made in several sizes, and both straight and curved. The serpent is properly a development of the old zinke or cornetto.
“I know this one in Dutch, from wedding parties: we zulle drinke drinke drinke tottewe zinke zinke zinke we shall drink, drink, drink untill we sink sink, sink”
“German zinke, an obsolete, cupped mouthpiece instrument, the real bass of which, according to family, is the now obsolete serpent, was used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as the treble instrument in combination with alto, tenor, and bass trombones.”
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