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calliope

[ kuh-lahy-uh-pee; for 1 also kal-ee-ohp ]
/ kəˈlaɪ ə pi; for 1 also ˈkæl iˌoʊp /
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noun

Also called steam organ. a musical instrument consisting of a set of harsh-sounding steam whistles that are activated by a keyboard.
(initial capital letter)Also Kal·li·o·pe .Classical Mythology. the Muse of heroic poetry.

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Origin of calliope

1855–60, Americanism;<Latin <Greek Kalliópē, equivalent to kalli- calli- + op- (stem of óps ) voice + feminine ending
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British Dictionary definitions for calliope (1 of 2)

calliope
/ (kəˈlaɪəpɪ) /

noun

US and Canadian a steam organ

Word Origin for calliope

C19: after Calliope (literally: beautiful-voiced)

British Dictionary definitions for calliope (2 of 2)

Calliope
/ (kəˈlaɪəpɪ) /

noun

Greek myth the Muse of epic poetry
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