Definition of basset horn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


basset horn

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a type of large clarinet with a bent mouthpiece and an end piece that turns upwards Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from German, translation of French cor de bassette, from Italian corno di bassetto, from corno ‘horn’ + di ‘of’ + bassetto (diminutive of basso ‘low’, from Latin bassus ‘short’).
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