Origin of ophicleide
Related formsoph·i·clei·de·an, adjective
Examples from the Web for ophicleide
Ophicleide, of′i-klīd, n. a large bass trumpet, with a deep pitch.
In the ophicleide, the bass of the key-bugle, the bore is sufficiently wide to produce the fundamentals of a satisfactory quality.
He made a point of taking his constitutional during the hour made hideous by the ill-starred aspirant on the ophicleide.The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch|Talbot Baines Reed
The wooden serpent has gone out of use in military bands within recollection, the ophicleide from orchestras only recently.
Originally these tones were played by the Ophicleide or Serpent (now obsolete).Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding