September 13th, 2019

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Friday word: Embouchure

embouchure, n.
em·​bou·​chure | \ ˈäm-bü-ˌshu̇r , ˌäm-bü-ˈshu̇r\


1: the position and use of the lips, tongue, and teeth in playing a wind instrument
2: the mouthpiece of a musical instrument

First Known Use
1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Etymology
French, from (s')emboucher to flow into, from en- + bouche mouth

Example:

"Please remember that in this class, your mouth is to be used for forming an embouchure, and not for talking!"

(Middle school band instructor)