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English dialects glossary. 2013.
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hautboy — 1570s, from Fr. hautbois high wood (15c.; see OBOE (Cf. 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… … Etymology dictionary