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calliope

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noun cal·li·ope \kə-ˈlī-ə-(ˌ)pē, in sense 2 also ˈka-lē-ˌōp\

Definition of calliope

  1. 1 capitalized :  the Greek Muse of heroic poetry

  2. 2 :  a keyboard musical instrument resembling an organ and consisting of a series of whistles sounded by steam or compressed air



Origin of calliope

Latin, from Greek Kalliopē


First Known Use: 14th century



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