One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A transverse flute, blown through an opening at the side.
2An organ stop that emits a sound resembling that of a flute.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From German Querflöte transverse flute, organ stop emitting the sound of a flute from quer transverse + Flöte flute, recorder.
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