Etymology
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bassoon (n.)

"large, double-reeded woodwind bass instrument," 1727, from French basson (17c.), from Italian bassone, augmentative of basso (see bass (adj.)). Compare balloon (n.); also see -oon. Related: Bassoonist. The Italian name, fagotto, literally "bundle of sticks" (see faggot (n.2)) is because it comes apart in two or more parts for convenience in carrying.

updated on April 08, 2017

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Definitions of bassoon from WordNet

bassoon (n.)
a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family;
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