- a musical wind instrument, a development of the old wooden serpent, consisting of a conical metal tube bent double.
Origin of ophicleide
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Historical Examples of ophicleide
Neither saxophone nor ophicleide was necessary for him to fill the soul with awe.The Pianolist
Those who played the trombone and the ophicleide blew till their thick lips swelled, and seemed to cover up the mouthpieces.Brought Forward
R. B. Cunninghame Graham
Originally these tones were played by the Ophicleide or Serpent (now obsolete).Music: An Art and a Language
Walter Raymond Spalding
Ophicleide, of′i-klīd, n. a large bass trumpet, with a deep pitch.
Those which give out the fundamental tone and harmonics up to the eighth, such as the tubas and ophicleide.
- music an obsolete keyed wind instrument of bass pitch