Definition of shakuhachi in English:


Line breaks: shaku|hachi
Pronunciation: /ˌʃakʊˈhatʃi

noun (plural shakuhachis)

  • A Japanese bamboo flute, held vertically when played.
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    • 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 metre) + hachi 'eight (tenths)'.

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