Shawm (?), n. [OE. shalmie, OF. chalemie; cf. F. chalumeau shawm, chaume haulm, stalk; all fr. L. calamus a reed, reed pipe. See Haulm, and cf. Calumet.] Mus.
A wind instrument of music, formerly in use, supposed to have resembled either the clarinet or the hautboy in form.
[Written also shalm
Even from the shrillest shaum unto the cornamute.
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