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ka·zoo

 (kə-zo͞o′)
n. pl. ka·zoos
A simple musical instrument consisting of a metal or plastic tube with a single hole covered by a thin membrane that produces a buzzing sound when the player hums or sings into the mouthpiece.

[Perhaps imitative of its sound.]

kazoo

(kəˈzuː)
n, pl -zoos
(Instruments) a cigar-shaped musical instrument of metal or plastic with a membranous diaphragm of thin paper that vibrates with a nasal sound when the player hums into it
[C20: probably imitative of the sound produced]

ka•zoo

(kəˈzu)

n., pl. -zoos.
a musical toy consisting of a tube that is open at both ends and has a hole in the side covered with parchment or membrane, which produces a buzzing sound when the performer hums into one end.
[1880–85]

kazoo

, bazooka - Dutch bazu, "trumpet," gives us the words kazoo and bazooka, the latter originally being a form of kazoo that was a long sounding-horn.
See also related terms for trumpet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kazoo - a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiecekazoo - a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
Translations
kazoo

kazoo

[kəˈzuː] Nkazoo m, chiflato m

kazoo

[kəˈzuː] nkazoo m
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