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(n.) One of the higher wind instruments in the modern orchestra, yet of great antiquity, having a penetrating pastoral quality of tone, somewhat like the clarinet in form, but more slender, and sounded by means of a double reed; a hautboy.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Oboe'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/o/oboe.html. 1828.