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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