hel·​i·​con | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkän How to pronounce helicon (audio) , -li-kən \

Definition of helicon

: a large circular tuba similar to a sousaphone but lacking an adjustable bell

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Examples of helicon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allan Jaffe, who played the helicon, a brass instrument, was the link to the musicians and sent them out on the road as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of helicon

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helicon

probably from Greek helik-, helix + English -on (as in bombardon); from its tube's forming a spiral encircling the player's body

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The first known use of helicon was circa 1875

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“Helicon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helicon. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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Helicon geographical name

Hel·​i·​con | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkän How to pronounce Helicon (audio) , -li-kən \
variants: or Modern Greek Elikón \ ˌe-​lē-​ˈkȯn How to pronounce Helicon (audio) \

Definition of Helicon

mountain 5735 feet (1748 meters) high in southwestern Boeotia, east central Greece, near the Gulf of Corinth

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