Definition of shakuhachi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌSHäko͞oˈhäCHē/

noun (plural shakuhachis)

A Japanese bamboo flute, held vertically when played.
Example sentences
  • The vocalised trumpet often resembled a shakuhachi (wooden Japanese flute) or (more fancifully) the gentle soughing of wind through trees.
  • During our relaxation time, he would play his shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for us.
  • Rather than emphasise the distinctiveness, sonically and culturally, of the Japanese shakuhachi and the western bass flute, Denyer creates a new hybrid sonority by having the two instruments play together the whole time.


Late 19th century: Japanese, from shaku, a measure of length (approx. 0.33 meter) + hachi 'eight (tenths)'.

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Syllabification: sha·ku·ha·chi

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