One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A very small flute-like instrument resembling a recorder but with four finger holes on top and two thumb holes below.
- ‘Diagrams relating fingering to notes have occasionally been used for such wind instruments as the recorder, flageolet, oboe, and clarinet in instrumental tutors since the 16th century.’
- ‘Dozens of patients, mostly dressed in black, marched through the streets following a draped coffin while musicians played a dirge on a flageolet and melodion.’
- ‘His power over his instrument is surprising; the tones he draws from it might be thought those of the sweetest flageolet and hautboy, and sometimes of the human voice.’
- ‘Here all is atwitter with prominent flageolet and flutes.’
- ‘After making a demo in his London flat on a stereo tape-deck, he hawked his melding of many instruments (glockenspiel, farfisa organ, flageolet etc) around record companies.’
- ‘He plays the lute too, and the flageolet, considers lessons in whistling, even composes.’
- 1.1another term for tin whistle
Mid 17th century: from French, diminutive of Old French flageol, from Provençal flaujol, of unknown origin.
A French kidney bean of a small variety used in cooking.
- ‘They are usually a mixture of cannellini, flageolet and borlotti beans.’
- ‘Lunch is a roast leg of lamb with juicy roast vine tomatoes and a flageolet bean gratin.’
- ‘I'm good at lamb shank, flageolet beans and garlic.’
- ‘For my main course I had chosen a cassoulet of pork, lamb and duck with flageolet beans.’
- ‘I have suggested flageolet or lima beans here as they survive the canning process rather better than some.’
Late 19th century: from French, based on Latin phaseolus ‘bean’.
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