dulcian(redirected from Dulciaan)
A woodwind instrument of the Renaissance and early baroque period, similar to a bassoon but with a smaller range. Also called curtal.
[Alteration of Old French douçaine, doucine, a kind of wind instrument, from douce, feminine of doux, sweet, pleasant, from Latin dulcis.]
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(Instruments) a Renaissance wooden wind instrument that was the precursor to the bassoon
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