plural clavicylinders
: a 19th-century keyboard instrument in which pressing a key brings a rod into contact with a revolving tuned glass cylinder

Word History


German klavizylinder, from klavi- clavi- + zylinder cylinder, from Latin cylindrus

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clavicylinder was in 1809

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“Clavicylinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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