a double-reed bass woodwind instrument having a long, curved stem attached to the mouthpiece
Origin of bassoonFrench basson from Italian bassone from basso
A low-pitched woodwind instrument with a double reed, having a long wooden body attached to a U-shaped lateral tube that leads to the mouthpiece. The range of this instrument is typically two octaves lower than that of the oboe.
Origin of bassoonFrench basson from Italian bassone augmentative of basso bass ; see basso .
(third-person singular simple present bassoons, present participle bassooning, simple past and past participle bassooned)
- To play the bassoon.
- To make a bassoon-like sound.