Definition of aulos in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaʊlɒs/


  • A woodwind instrument of ancient Greece, or a similar instrument in use in some other ancient civilizations.

    The Greek instrument, formerly often erroneously believed to be a type of flute, is now known to have consisted of a cylindrical or conical tube made usually of wood or ivory, having a single or double reed, and played, usually as one of a pair blown simultaneously, by means of finger holes. In specialist use now generally denoting a pair of such instruments, typically fixed or bound together near the mouthpieces.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Musical World. From ancient Greek αὐλός oboe-type musical instrument, reed pipe, aulos from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin alvus belly.