French horn


French horn
noun
a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑horn
Hypernyms: ↑brass, ↑brass instrument

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noun
Usage: usually capitalized F
1. : a brass wind musical instrument derived from the hunting horn and consisting of a long conical tube with a narrow funnel-shaped mouthpiece at one end, a flaring bell at the other, and keys or valves and having a range in pitch of more than three octaves upward from two octaves below middle C
2. : an 8-foot pipe-organ reed stop having a quality similar to that of a French horn

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a musical brass wind instrument with a long, coiled tube having a conical bore and a flaring bell. See illus. under horn.
[1735-45]

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French horn noun
The orchestral brass horn
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Main Entry:French

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French horn UK US noun [countable] [singular French horn plural French horns]
a musical instrument consisting of a long curved metal tube that is very wide at one end, played by blowing through it A French horn is a brass instrument .
Thesaurus: musical instrumentshyponym types of musical instrumentshypernym

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French horn,
a brass wind instrument that has a mellow tone. It was derived from the hunting horn.

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n. a brass instrument with a coiled tube, valves, and a wide bell, developed from the simple hunting horn in the 17th century. It is played with the right hand in the bell to soften the tone and increase the range of available harmonics

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noun, pl ⋯ horns [count]
: a brass musical instrument that has a long tube which forms a circle and has a wide opening at one end

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ˌFrench ˈhorn [French horn French horns] (also horn especially in BrE) noun
a ↑brass musical instrument that consists of a long tube curled around in a circle with a wide opening at the end
See also:horn

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