from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon.

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  • noun music A larger version of the bassoon sounding one octave lower, having a technique similar to the bassoon but offers more resistance in every way.

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  • noun the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family


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Semi-anglicized version of Italian contrafagotto, probably following the model of the English word contrabass (which derives from Italian contrabbasso).


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