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heckelphone Line breaks: heck¦el|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛk(ə)lfəʊn/

Definition of heckelphone in English:


A woodwind instrument resembling a large oboe, with a range about an octave lower.
Example sentences
  • A bass or baritone oboe, an octave below the treble, has always been rare, though composers do occasionally write for it and the wider-bore but otherwise similar heckelphone.
  • For a while last year they had a heckelphone on their second-hand list for a little over £20 000.
  • Casts and orchestras are kept small: no heckelphones or Wagner tubas in his scoring.


Early 20th century: from German Heckelphon, named after Wilhelm Heckel (1856–1909), German instrument-maker, on the pattern of saxophone.

Words that rhyme with heckelphone

payphone • Freefone
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