calliope

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

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 Kalliope. 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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Word Origin and History for calliope

calliope


n.

1858, "steam-whistle keyboard organ," named for Calliope, ninth and chief muse, presiding over eloquence and epic poetry, Latinized from Greek Kalliope, literally "beautiful-voiced," from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" + opos (genitive of *ops) "voice," related to Latin vox (see voice (n.)).

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