An early double-reed wind instrument resembling the oboe.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Shawm
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).
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