1. oboe1(def 1).


  1. Also called: hautbois strawberry, haubois (ˈəʊbɔɪ) a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with large fruit
  2. an archaic word for oboe

1570s, from French hautbois “high wood” (15c.; see oboe). The “high” is haut in its secondary sense of “high-pitched.” Frequently nativized as hoboy.

This Pageaunt waz clozd vp with a delectable harmony of Hautboiz, Shalmz, Coronets, and such oother looud muzik. [Robert Laneham, 1575]

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