noun clavi·cylinder \¦klavə+\

Definition of clavicylinder



  1. :  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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