Meaning of nagaswaram in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɑːɡəˌswɑːrəm/


  • A double-reed wind instrument of South India, similar to the oboe but larger, with a wide, conical mouth, frequently played in ceremonial ensembles.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Church Missionary Intelligencer. From Tamil nākacvaram, variant of nākacuram from nākam cobra, snake (from Sanskrit nāga snake) + curam sound (from Sanskrit svara sound, note), apparently ultimately (by folk etymology) from Persian sūrnāy.