One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a family of wind instruments similar to saxophones but with a double reed like an oboe.
- ‘It's ironic that the saxophone is well known while the sarrusophone is obscure.’
- ‘The sarrusophone was a product of this imaginative age and although it was once a popular band instrument, it has now been essentially forgotten.’
Late 19th century: from the name of W. Sarrus, the 19th-century French bandmaster who invented it, + -phone.
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