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melodeon

or me·lo·di·on

[muh-loh-dee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a small reed organ.
  2. a kind of accordion.
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Origin of melodeon

1840–50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion
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Examples from the Web for melodeon

Historical Examples

  • She could not imagine how the singing could be anything without her voice and the melodeon.

    Watch Yourself Go By

    Al. G. Field

  • Ye can't foller a fiddle an' sing, ye got to hev a melodeon or accordion.

  • Billy's flute and the melodeon did not harmonize as the melodeon had only three notes left in it.

  • I guess we could get us some kind of a melodeon, 'fore we done such a thing as that.

  • Eve came from the melodeon and laid one slim hand on his arm.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for melodeon

melodeon

melodion

noun music
  1. a type of small accordion
  2. a type of keyboard instrument similar to the harmonium
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Word Origin

C19: from German, from Melodie melody
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Word Origin and History for melodeon

n.

1847, variant of melodion, from German Melopdoin, from Melodie, from Old French melodie (see melody).

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