/krum"hawrn'/, n.
a Renaissance musical reed instrument having a cylindrical tube curved at the end.
[1950-55; < G Krummhorn, equiv. to krumm crooked, bent + Horn HORN]

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also spelled  Krummhorn 

      (from Middle English crump: “crooked”), double-reed wind instrument that flourished between the 15th century and about 1650. It consists of a small boxwood pipe of cylindrical bore, curved upward at the lower end and pierced with finger holes like those of a recorder. Its reed is enclosed in a wooden cap with a blowing orifice in the top. The tone is reedy and nasal. Crumhorns were built in families, from great bass to sopranino, each instrument having a compass of a ninth. Their manufacture was resumed in the 20th century.

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  • crumhorn — variant of krummhorn …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • crumhorn — see CRAM …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • crumhorn — /ˈkrʌmhɔn/ (say krumhawn) noun a wind capped double reed instrument of the Renaissance. Also, krummhorn. {German krummhorn curved horn} …   Australian English dictionary

  • crumhorn — see CRAM …   Word origins

  • crumhorn — var. of KRUMMHORN …   Useful english dictionary

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