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o·boe / ˈōbō/ • n. a woodwind instrument with a slender, tubular body, played with a double-reed mouthpiece. ∎  an organ stop resembling an oboe in tone. DERIVATIVES: o·bo·ist / -wist/ n.

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oboe Woodwind musical instrument. It has a slightly flared bell and, like the bassoon, is a double-reed instrument. The earliest true oboes were used in the mid-17th century and have been widely used since the 18th century.

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oboe XVIII. — It. — F. hautbois HAUTBOY.

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oboe. Org. reed stop of 8′ pitch, imitative of instr. whose name it bears.