Oboe meaning

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A slender woodwind instrument with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece, having a range of three octaves and a penetrating, poignant sound.
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A reed stop in an organ that produces a sound similar to that of the oboe.
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A double-reed woodwind instrument having a range of nearly three octaves and a high, penetrating, melancholy tone.
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An organ stop producing an oboelike sound.
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A soprano and melody wind instrument in the modern orchestra and wind ensemble. It is a smaller instrument and generally made of grendilla wood. It is a member of the double reed family.
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Origin of oboe

  • Italian from French hautbois hautboy
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • An earlier form in English is hautboy, but the spelling oboe was adopted into English ca. 1770 from the Italian oboè, a transliteration in that language's orthography of the 17th-century pronunciation of the French word hautbois, a compound word made of haut (“high, loud") and bois (“wood, woodwind").
    From Wiktionary