- a small reed organ.
- a kind of accordion.
Origin of melodeon
1840–50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion
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- a type of small accordion
- a type of keyboard instrument similar to the harmonium
Word Origin for melodeon
C19: from German, from Melodie melody
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1847, variant of melodion, from German Melopdoin, from Melodie, from Old French melodie (see melody).
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