melodion

[muh-loh-dee-uh n]

melodeon

or me·lo·di·on

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

Origin of melodeon

1840–50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion
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British Dictionary definitions for melodion

melodeon

melodion

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

Word Origin for melodeon

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

melodeon

n.

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

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