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  • n. Plural form of shawm.


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  • I actually wanted to use shawm in the bridging piece, but I don't seem to have one easily to hand -- then again, my organization being what it is, I may have half a dozen sampled shawms and just be clueless.

    Moving right along

  • The glad news was blazed abroad without delay; and they beat the tabrets and cymbals, whilst the shawms sounded and the people held high festival.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • At last, barely audible above the expectant din, came the screech and hum of bagpipes and shawms a precursor of the modern oboe.


  • There was music on board, drums and fifes, shawms and trumpets, which wakened ringing echoes from every knoll of wood and slab of slate.

    Westward Ho!

  • It's probably way too low tech for your readers, but just imagine the joy that an army of enthusiasts wielding jerry built shawms would bring.

    How to: Build medieval instruments out of PVC pipe

  • Hands lifted children high, and drums and shawms and chimes made a racket even louder than the mob™s roar.

    Chosen Of The Gods

  • To a fanfare (“Of trumpets also and shawms,” Hilary said) he would encircle the tree and then, abandoning his load, would bow to his audience, make one or two esoteric gestures, and retire to the limbo from whence he had come.

    Tied Up in Tinsel

  • By dinner-time he'll be stuffed full of tom-toms and shawms and dulcimers, or whatever they play in India. '

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • _ -- OLD MORALITY back to-night; everyone glad to see him; with trumpets also and shawms would we have greeted him, but SPEAKER ruled proposed demonstration out of order; so only cheered.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, June 6, 1891

  • JEREMIAH had proposed to introduce Clause enabling inhabitants of town to protect themselves against the Sabbath incursions of a mob in red waistcoats and poke bonnets, with drums, trumpets also, and shawms.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, May 28, 1892


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