an early double-reed wind instrument resembling the oboe
Origin of shawmMiddle English schalme ; from Middle French chalemie, altered ; from Old French chalamel ; from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Classical Latin calamus, reed: see calamus
Any of various early double-reed wind instruments, forerunners of the modern oboe.
Origin of shawmMiddle English schalme, from Old French chalemie, alteration of chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus, reed, from Greek kalamos.
- a mediaeval double reed wind instrument with conical wooden body
- 1985: There are four flutes, a harp of twenty strings, a mournful shawm, and a number of drums of oxhide, some to be struck, others spanked. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked