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helicon

[ hel-i-kon, -kuhn ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən /
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noun
a coiled tuba carried over the shoulder and used especially in military bands.
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Origin of helicon

1520–30; probably special use of Helicon, by association with helico-

Other definitions for helicon (2 of 2)

Helicon
[ hel-i-kon, -kuhn ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən /

noun
a mountain in S central Greece. 5,738 feet (1,749 meters): regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses.
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British Dictionary definitions for helicon (1 of 2)

helicon
/ (ˈhɛlɪkən) /

noun
a bass tuba made to coil over the shoulder of a band musician

Word Origin for helicon

C19: probably from Helicon, associated with Greek helix spiral

British Dictionary definitions for helicon (2 of 2)

Helicon
/ (ˈhɛlɪkən) /

noun
a mountain in Greece, in Boeotia: location of the springs of Hippocrene and Aganippe, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the source of poetic inspiration and the home of the Muses. Height: 1749 m (5738 ft)Modern Greek name: Elikón
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