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haut·boyalso haut·bois (hō′boi′, ō′boi′)
n. pl. haut·boys also haut·bois (-boiz′)
[French hautbois, from Old French : haut, high; see haughty + bois, wood (of Germanic origin).]
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1. (Plants) Also called: hautbois strawberry or haubois a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with small round fruit
2. (Instruments) an archaic word for oboe
[C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush1]
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a woodwind instrument having a slender conical, tubular body and a double-reed mouthpiece.
[1690–1700; < Italian < French hautbois=haut high + bois wood; compare hautboy]
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|Noun||1.||hautboy - a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece|
double reed, double-reed instrument - a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
musette pipe - a small simple oboe
oboe da caccia - an alto oboe; precursor of the English horn
oboe d'amore - an oboe pitched a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe; used to perform baroque music
shawm - a medieval oboe
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