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Variant of alpenhorn.
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(ˈælpˌhɔːn) or


(Instruments) music a wind instrument used in the Swiss Alps, consisting of a very long tube of wood or bark with a cornet-like mouthpiece
[C19: from German Alpenhorn Alps horn]
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cor des Alpes
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