the double bassoon, larger than the bassoon and an octave lower in pitch
The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon. Also called double bassoon .
- (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.
Semi-anglicized version of Italian contrafagotto, probably following the model of the English word contrabass (which derives from Italian contrabbasso).