Lemizh / English dictionary
to play/sound a trumpet
saxèf. trumpet player; (metaphorically) someone alerting someone-dat to an opportunity
saxùf. trumpet; also the constellation Sagitta (see appendix, Constellations)
This term is often erroneously used for a kind of single-reed instrument made of brass, which looks somewhat similar but has a quite different method of sound production.
In modern times, the sound of a trumpet has become a metaphor for a call – successful or futile – to recognise a moment of Opportunity. The trumpet player themself, though, is oblivious to the meaning of the call.
irregular development of
< NLem salpn‑a
< LMLem sàlpink‑yr ‘war-trumpet’
< Koi σάλπιγξ, of unknown origin
The expected modern form would be **sàxp.. The additional vowel and fricativisation of p is somewhat of a mystery. It has been variously attributed to folk etymology or contamination with the names of other instruments, but no conclusive explanation exists.