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Klingon WOTD: meSchuS (noun)

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This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Sunday, December 30, 2007.

Category: Music

Klingon word:   meSchuS
Part of Speech: noun 
Definition:     large wind instrument 
Source: KGT (219 KE, 246 EK) 
Swedish: stort blåsinstrument


Additional Notes:
KGT p. 75.  Wind instruments (there is no overall term for them) range from the simple flute or fife ({Dov'agh}), generally crafted from a bone, to the highly complex {meSchuS}.  This is a very large instrument, not at all easily moved from place to place, which consists of a network of interlocking tubes.  One tube terminates in the mouthpiece ({ngujlep}) into which the player blows ({SuS}).  The instrument's pitch and timbre are modified by fingering strategically placed holes in the tubing and by moving the hands in various ways (to move the fingers in this way is to {Heng}).  The sound emitted by the {meSchuS} most resembles that of large pipe organs, but that characterization is not really flattering to either instrument.
   

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