Definition of clavicylinder
: a 19th-century keyboard instrument in which pressing a key brings a rod into contact with a revolving tuned glass cylinder
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Origin and Etymology of clavicylinder
German klavizylinder, from klavi- 1clavi- + zylinder cylinder, from Latin cylindrus — more at cylinder
First Known Use: 1809
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