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sheng

Line breaks: sheng
Pronunciation: /ʃʌŋ
 
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Definition of sheng in English:

noun (plural same)

A Chinese form of mouth organ with about seventeen reed pipes of bamboo set in a rounded windchest.
Example sentences
  • Inspired by the Chinese sheng, many 18th-century makers experimented with the possibilities of free reeds.
  • The sounds of the erhu and sheng are eerily beautiful against the symphony orchestra, evoking a timeless, ceremonial atmosphere against which the outbursts of percussion feel peremptory, even ill-mannered.
  • Flush out your ears and stay awhile, for the sheng, the tanbur, the zarb and the dutar, all these instruments from various cultures in Asia and the Middle East, they need to sing to you.

Origin

late 18th century: from Chinese shēng.

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