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A woodwind instrument of the oboe family, with a pitch between that of an English horn and a bassoon.

[German Heckelphon, after Wilhelm Heckel (1879-1952), German musical instrument maker.]
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(Instruments) music a type of bass oboe
[C20: named after W. Heckel (1856–1909), German inventor]
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Noun1.heckelphone - an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe
hautbois, hautboy, oboe - a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
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