• WordNet 3.6
    • n flageolet a small fipple flute with four finger holes and two thumb holes
    • n flageolet a French bean variety with light-colored seeds; usually dried
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flageolet (Mus) A small wooden pipe, having six or more holes, and a mouthpiece inserted at one end. It produces a shrill sound, softer than of the piccolo flute, and is said to have superseded the old recorder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flageolet A musical instrument of the flute or whistle class, in which the tone is produced by a stream of air striking against a sharp edge. It consists of a mouthpiece, usually a bulb in which the tone is produced, and a tube with six finger-holes. Its compass is a little more than two octaves upward from the G next above middle C. It is not now used in the orchestra. It is the representative of the ancient and medieval flute, its immediate precursor being the recorder. It is often called a flûte-à-bec, in distinction from the modern German or transverse flute. The penny whistle is a cheap form of it.
    • n flageolet In organ-building, a stop, usually of 2-feet tone, giving high fluty tones.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flageolet flaj′o-let the modern form of the old flute-à-bec, or straight flute, the simplest kind of which is the tin whistle with six holes.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. flageolet, dim. of OF. flajl,as if fr. a LL. flautio,;us,), of flaüte, flahute, F. flte,. See Flute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., dim. of O. Fr. flageol, flajol, a pipe; not through a supposed Low L. flautīolus—from flauta, a flute.


In literature:

This was a kind of 'Beak-flute,' like a flageolet.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
And there was the flageolet!
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
They have two wind instruments, one resembling a flageolet, and another a bugle.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tommy, therefore, as I said before, having shown a disapprobation of my doings; to convince him of his mistake, I took the flageolet from Pedro.
"Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)" by Robert Paltock
The Red Flageolet yields abundantly; and the young pods are not only of good size, but remarkably crisp and tender.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Mr Wartabed played the flute to the hymn-singing, and his sister's voice was clear as a flageolet.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
Thus pressed, the seaman put his hand into the inner pocket of his jacket and drew forth his cherished flageolet.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
And musical instruments, flutes and flageolets and violins, and oh, the accordeons!
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Or tune the merry flageolet?
"Translations of German Poetry in American Magazines 1741-1810" by Edward Ziegler Davis
No more borrowed flageolets for him.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May

In poetry:

Where Rhenus strays his vines among,
The egg was laid from which he sprung,
And though by nature mute
Or only with a whistle blessed,
Well-taught he all the sounds expressed Of flageolet or flute.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bullfinch" by William Cowper