ophicleide

[of-i-klahyd]
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noun

a musical wind instrument, a development of the old wooden serpent, consisting of a conical metal tube bent double.

Nearby words

  1. opers,
  2. opgefok,
  3. ophelia,
  4. opheltes,
  5. ophiasis,
  6. ophidian,
  7. ophidiid,
  8. ophidiophobia,
  9. ophio-,
  10. ophiolatry

Origin of ophicleide

1825–35; < French ophicléide < Greek óphi(s) serpent + kleid- (stem of kleís) key (akin to Latin clavis; see clavicle)

Related formsoph·i·clei·de·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ophicleide

ophicleide

noun

music an obsolete keyed wind instrument of bass pitch

Word Origin for ophicleide

C19: from French ophiclēide, from Greek ophis snake + kleis key

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