Shawm meaning

shôm
Any of various early double-reed wind instruments, forerunners of the modern oboe.
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An early double-reed wind instrument resembling the oboe.
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A mediaeval double reed wind instrument with conical wooden body.

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Origin of shawm

  • Middle English schalme from Old French chalemie alteration of chalemel from Late Latin calamellus diminutive of Latin calamus reed from Greek kalamos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French chalemel (French chalumeau), from Latin calamus (“reed"), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kalamos).

    From Wiktionary