Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Greek flute, which was of the direct or flageolet class.

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  • noun Any of a class of ancient Greek musical instruments resembling pipes or flutes.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek αὐλός (aulos)

Examples

  • In the middle, on a raised platform, Apollo plucked at his kithara, a seven-stringed lyre, while Dionysus blew on his double-reeded aulos.

    PERSEPHONE THE PHONY

  • The satyr, finding an aulos, a flute that had been discarded by Athena, recklessly challenged Apollo, god of music and master of the lyre, to what the jazzmen call a cutting contest, to see which one of them was more adept on his instrument.

    The Lampshade

  • In the middle, on a raised platform, Apollo plucked at his kithara, a seven-stringed lyre, while Dionysus blew on his double-reeded aulos.

    PERSEPHONE THE PHONY

  • The aulos, or Greek pipe sometimes mistakenly called a flute, was a cylinder with finger holes, sounded with a reed.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The aulos, or Greek pipe sometimes mistakenly called a flute, was a cylinder with finger holes, sounded with a reed.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • Lyric poetry, properly defined, was a distinct branch of what was classified as "melic" poetry (the term roughly translates as "melody" or "air"), strictly differentiated from poetic genres that were meant to be recited without instrumentation or performed with other instruments such as the flute and the oboe-like aulos.

    Poetry Pages - 98.06.10

  • My interpretation is supported by information supplied by a colleague in the Classics Department, to the effect that there is a Greek expression for a flute which might be transliterated as aulos.

    Magicians of Gor

  • My interpretation is supported by information supplied by a colleague in the Classics Department, to the effect that there is a Greek expression for a flute which might be transliterated as aulos.

    Magicians of Gor

  • With banners and standards streaming, with shrill flutes and the deep-toned aulos giving the time, the royal army of Macedon marched through the high western hills towards Epiros.

    Funeral Games

  • I saw his parents look sideways; some people think the aulos is no instrument for a gentleman.

    The Praise Singer

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