1 a woodwind instrument of the family that includes the bassoon and cor anglais, consisting of a conical tube fitted with a mouthpiece having a double reed. It has a penetrating nasal tone. Range: about two octaves plus a sixth upwards from B flat below middle C
2 a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra second oboe (Archaic form)
hautboy (C18: via Italian oboe, phonetic approximation to French haut bois, literally: high wood (referring to its pitch))
1 (Also called)
hautbois strawberry, haubois a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with large fruit
2 an archaic word for →
(C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush1)
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