- a coiled tuba carried over the shoulder and used especially in military bands.
Origin of helicon
- a mountain in S central Greece. 5738 feet (1749 meters): regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses.
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Historical Examples of helicon
He sat near the fountain-head, and tasted the waters of Helicon in their source.Nineteenth Century Questions
James Freeman Clarke
The city itself and Helicon are situated on the Crisæan Gulf.
It is situated between Helicon and Chæroneia, near Coroneia.
At 5.40 the Helicon was sent into harbour with a flag of truce.The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885
The present Edition is improved by a copy in England's Helicon, edit.
- a bass tuba made to coil over the shoulder of a band musician
Word Origin for helicon
- 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
1520s, from Greek Helikon, mountain in Boeotia, sacred to the Muses, in which arose the fountains of Aganippe and Hippocrene. Literally "the tortuous mountain," from helix (genitive helikos) "spiral" (see helix).