bass horn


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bass horn

 (bās)
n.
1. A large, valved, brass instrument with a bass pitch; a tuba or a sousaphone.
2. An instrument similar to the serpent but shaped like a bassoon, used primarily in military bands in the early 19th century.
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bass′ horn′

(beɪs)
n.
an obsolete wind instrument related to the tuba but resembling a bassoon in shape.
[1855–60]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bass horn - the lowest brass wind instrumentbass horn - the lowest brass wind instrument  
bass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
brass instrument, brass - a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
euphonium - a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
bombardon, helicon - a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
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References in classic literature ?
In a little while could be heard the music of the bass horns, the clear voices of the children and the men's deeper notes.
A wide runner, his Grand National win was rather fortunate, as the favourite Sammys Adventure and Bass Horn collided at the third bend when disputing the lead, giving Long Hop a clear run on the outside.
The Australian of 29 January 1836 said that there was no comparison between the bands of the 17th and the 28th `as far as sweetness and tone is concerned', due to the preponderance of bass horn instruments in the band of the 28th.