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1. The mouth of a river.
2. Music
a. The mouthpiece of a woodwind or brass instrument.
b. The manner in which the lips and tongue are applied to such a mouthpiece.

[French, from emboucher, to put or go into the mouth, from Old French : en-, in; see en-1 + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek).]
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1. (Physical Geography) the mouth of a river or valley
2. (Music, other) music
a. the correct application of the lips and tongue in playing a wind instrument
b. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
[C18: from French, from Old French emboucher to put to one's mouth, from bouche mouth, from Latin bucca cheek]
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(ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊər)

a. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument.
b. the adjustment of a player's mouth to such a mouthpiece.
2. the mouth of a river.
3. the opening out of a valley into a plain.
[1750–60; < French, =embouch(er) to put (an instrument) to one's mouth (em- em-1 + -boucher, derivative of bouche mouth < Latin bucca cheek)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.embouchure - the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly
aperture - an man-made opening; usually small
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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[ˌɒmbʊˈʃʊəʳ] N (Mus) → boquilla f
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n (Mus) → Mundstück nt; (of player)Mundstellung f
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References in classic literature ?
But on the 11th of April it rose suddenly, and land appeared at the mouth of the Amazon River, a vast estuary, the embouchure of which is so considerable that it freshens the sea-water for the distance of several leagues.
After coasting along a series of creeks abounding in lobsters and oysters, the Tampico entered the bay of Espiritu Santo, where she finally anchored in a small natural harbor, formed by the embouchure of the River Hillisborough, at seven P.M., on the 22d of October.
He flexed his lips for the embouchure; set the flute to his ready mouth and spread supple fingers along the keys.
[85] asked participants for any comments within their study of military brass musicians with "embouchure problems" (the embouchure refers to the positioning of the oral structures when playing a woodwind or brass instrument), with comments broadly categorized as pressure to perform, quality of performance, impact on the sense of confidence, stresses of military life leading to problems, support from superiors, meaning of embouchure-related symptoms, dystonia treatment, frustrations with medical care, and success of medical care.
(I feel that the tonguing ones could also be practiced slurred for embouchure flexibility.) These are all written out in every major key (and, in the later ones, sometimes minor) in ascending half steps, enabling aural and tactile facility in all keys.
Embouchure issues are sometimes caused or magnified by poor mouthpiece fit.
He is known for playing an extended developed version of the traditional Romanian-style pan flute (nai) of 20 pipes to 22, 25, 28 and 30 pipes in order to increase its range, giving diverse tones from each pipe by changing the embouchure. Through loosening and contracting his embouchure, Zambia can produce nine tones from each pipe, according to Zambia's biography on IMDb.
During the first IWC (International Waterbirds Census) organized in Morocco (on 1983), the Ferruginous duck was reported from three sites in distinct regions, with less than 20 individuals each: Barrage Mechra' Hommadi in the North-East, Dayet Awa in the Middle Atlas, and Embouchure de l'wad Massa in the South-West.
"Being in a marching band is quite rough on one's face as a brass player, and it really drove home the importance of taking care of my embouchure by maintaining a well-balanced, thorough practice routine." Marching and playing simultaneously, he says, "took months of repair for me to get my sound back to where I wanted it to be."
'Despite her name, Jolie is lacking in gaiety, and we gawk in sheer wonder at the carnal embouchure that is her opulent mouth.'