calliope


calliope

noun

  1. Also called steam organ. a musical instrument consisting of a set of harsh-sounding steam whistles that are activated by a keyboard.
  2. (initial capital letter) Also Kalliope. Classical Mythology. the Muse of heroic poetry.

noun

  1. US and Canadian a steam organ

noun

  1. Greek myth the Muse of epic poetry
n.

1858, “steam-whistle keyboard organ,” named for Calliope, ninth and chief muse, presiding over eloquence and epic poetry, Latinized from Greek Kalliope, literally “beautiful-voiced,” from kalli-, combining form of kallos “beauty” + opos (genitive of *ops) “voice,” related to Latin vox (see voice (n.)).

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