helicon

noun
hel·i·con | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkän , -li-kən \

Definition of helicon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Helicon

geographical name
Hel·i·con | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkän , -li-kən \
variants: or Modern Greek Elikón \ˌe-lē-ˈkȯn \

Definition of Helicon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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First Known Use of helicon

Noun

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helicon

Noun

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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