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ophicleide

[ of-i-klahyd ]
/ ˈɒf ɪˌklaɪd /
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noun

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

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Origin of ophicleide

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ophicleide

oph·i·clei·de·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ophicleide

ophicleide
/ (ˈɒfɪˌklaɪd) /

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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