1(also French flageolet)A very small wind 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I have suggested flageolet or lima beans here as they survive the canning process rather better than some.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century from French, based on Latin phaseolus ‘bean’.
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