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bombardon Syllabification: bom·bar·don
Pronunciation: /ˈbämbərdən/

Definition of bombardon in English:


1A type of valved bass tuba.
Example sentences
  • The bombardon is circular, passing over the performer's head, with the bell directed upwards.
  • In some parts of Europe, bass ophicleides and valved tubas were indiscriminately called bombardons.
  • Their design was adopted by other instrument makers who modified them slightly and began producing the bombardon in different sizes and shapes.
1.1An organ stop imitating this.
Example sentences
  • All lacking chromatic notes were added to basses and trombones to fit the fully chromatic 110-key scale, the bass pipes were doubled and 16’ bombardons were added to the brass 8’ trombones.
  • What on earth would it have been like if they had installed the 32' Bombardon that was prepared for it (presumably a downward extension of the 16' reed).


Mid 19th century: from Italian bombardone, from bombardo 'cannon'. Compare with bombarde.

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