• WordNet 3.6
    • n saxhorn any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The brass family of instruments include the trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügelhorn, French horn, saxhorn, and sousaphone. While they are usually made of brass today, in the past they were made of wood, horn, and glass.
    • n Saxhorn (Mus) A name given to a numerous family of brass wind instruments with valves, invented by Antoine Joseph Adolphe Saxknown as Adolphe Sax), of Belgium and Paris, and much used in military bands and in orchestras.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saxhorn A musical instrument of the trumpet class, invented by Adolphe Sax, a Frenchman, about 1840. It has a wide cupped mouthpiece and a long, large tube with from three to five valves. The details of construction are such that the tone is remarkably full and even, the compass very long, and the fingering consistent and simple. Six or more sizes or varieties are made, so as to form a complete series or family of similar tone and manipulation; they are named by their fundamental key or by their relative compass, as soprano, tenor, etc. The tenor saxhorn is also called alt-horn; the next larger, barytone; the next, euphonium; and the bass, bombardon or sax-tuba. These instruments are especially useful for military bands, but they have not been often introduced into the orchestra, because of the comparatively unsympathetic quality of the tone. Also saxcornet and saxotromba.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saxhorn saks′horn a brass wind-instrument having a long winding tube with bell opening, invented by Antoine or Adolphe Sax, of Paris, about 1840.
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In literature:

The sound tube of all bugles, saxhorns, and tubas is conical, with a much wider curve than the horn.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
The application of valves produced the family of saxhorns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The euphonium is frequently said to be a saxhorn, corresponding to the baryton member of that family, but the statement is misleading.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
It is one of the saxhorn family of instruments.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The Flugelhorn family is the German equivalent of the saxhorns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band (based in Ann Arbor, MI) brings the brass band classics of 19th century America to WGTE's Dana performance studio.
The Dodworth Saxhorn Band Ted Badgerow, vocalist.