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Definition and Description of the Lizard
Definition and description of the Lizard: An ancient flute-like woodwind instrument. The Lizard can be described as an s-shaped horn, similar in design to the cornett but made in a shallow 'S' shape to accommodate the extra length. This gives it the appearance of a legless lizard from where the instrument gets its name. It has woodwind-style finger holes and belongs to the cornett family of instruments which came in different sizes.

The high cornettino, the cornett (or curved cornett), the tenor cornett (or lizard) and the bass cornett.

Family of Instruments: The Lizard belongs to the family of Woodwind instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Lizard
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Lizard, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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