shawm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shawm a medieval oboe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shawm (Mus) A wind instrument of music, formerly in use, supposed to have resembled either the clarinet or the hautboy in form. "Even from the shrillest shaum unto the cornamute."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shawm A musical instrument of the oboe class, having a double reed inclosed in a globular mouthpiece. It was akin to the musette and the bagpipe, and passed over into the bassoon. The word survives in the chalumeau register of the clarinet. It is inaccurately used in the Prayer-book version of the 98th Psalm for cornet or horn. Compare bombard, 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shawm a musical instrument of the oboe class, having a double reed enclosed in a globular mouthpiece.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shalmie, OF. chalemie,; cf. F. chalumeau, shawm, chaume, haulm, stalk; all fr. L. calamus, a reed, reed pipe. See Haulm, and cf. Calumet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chalemie—L. calamus, a reed-pipe.

Usage

In literature:

But we 'm friends, by your awn shawm', and I be glad 't is so.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
It was evolved in the sixteenth century from the pommers and bombards: the tenors and basses of the shawm or oboe family.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
Shawms were made of various sizes, from the small treble instrument, one foot long, to the huge affair, six feet in length.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
Then go, my girls, dance in the meadows to the sound of bagpipes and shawms.
"The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere" by Charles de Coster
Already we seem to hear the shawms and sackbuts.
"Recollections and Impressions" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
All at once rang, droned, thundered, thumped, squealed, brayed, clattered bells, bagpipes, shawms, drums, and ironmongery.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
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In poetry:

Also the chosen of the years,
The multitude being at ease,
With sackbuts and with dulcimers
And noise of shawms and psalteries
Made mirth within the ears of these.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"The time has come," the Vulture said,
"To talk of many things,
Of Accidence and Adjectives,
And names of Jewish kings,
How many notes a sackbut has,
And whether shawms have strings."
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
A dream, to lead my spirit on
With sounds of faery shawms and flutes,
And all mysterious attributes
Of skies of dusk and skies of dawn:
To lead me, like the wandering brooks,
Past all the knowledge of the books.
"Preludes" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Odessa native Stef Collins returns home after the Olympic Games, plus, former Pioneers manager Dan Shawm lands in Cooperstown to coach the Hawkeyes.
Odessa native Stef Collins returns home after the Olympic Games, plus, former Pioneers manager Dan Shawm lands in Cooperstown to coach the Hawkeyes.
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