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 (kŏn′trə-bə-so͞on′, -bă-)
The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon. Also called double bassoon.


(Instruments) the largest instrument in the oboe family, pitched an octave below the bassoon; double bassoon
ˌcontrabasˈsoonist n


(ˈkɒn trə bæˈsun, -bə-)

a bassoon larger in size and an octave lower in pitch than the ordinary bassoon; a double bassoon.
[1890–95; contra-2 + bassoon]
con′tra•bas•soon′ist, n.
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Noun1.contrabassoon - the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe familycontrabassoon - the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family
bassoon - a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family


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