Definition and background:
A tool made of wood and horsehair used to set the strings of a bowed string instrument in vibration. The bow was originally curved in the shape of a cycle, but it has been subject to many changes over time. a stick with horsehair stretched across it, used to play the strings of the violin and other string instruments. "to bow" means to play with the bow
A part of the tubing of an instrument of approximately semicircular shape
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