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n. (context musical instrument English) A chromatic end-blown flute of Asia and eastern Europe.


The kaval is a chromatic end-blown flute traditionally played throughout the Balkans and Turkey. The kaval is primarily associated with mountain shepherds.

Unlike the transverse flute, the kaval is fully open at both ends, and is played by blowing on the sharpened edge of one end. The kaval has 8 playing holes (7 in front and 1 in the back for the thumb) and usually four more unfingered intonation holes near the bottom of the kaval. As a wooden rim-blown flute, kaval is similar to the kawala of the Arab world and ney of the Middle East.

Usage examples of "kaval".

Perhaps Kaval put the deal together, she speculated, thinking about the Bajoran minister of state.