Definition of dulcian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌlsɪən/


1An early type of bassoon made in one piece.
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  • Early dulcians were often carved from a single piece of wood; the modern bassoon has four wooden joints together with a curved metal crook or ‘bocal’ and double reed.
  • Developed from the dulcian, the bassoon has never acquired a fashionable status among woodwind instruments.
  • Their difference is the shawm has only one bore, the dulcian has two and it is folded at the bottom.
2Any of various organ stops, typically with 8-foot funnel-shaped flue pipes or 8- or 16-foot reed pipes.


Mid 19th century: from German Dulzian, or a variant of dulciana.

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