melodicon

noun

me·​lod·​i·​con
-də̇kən
plural melodicons
: a keyboard instrument of the early 19th century in which the mechanism causes tuning forks or steel bars to be struck

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek melōidikon, neuter of melōidikos melodic

First Known Use

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melodicon was circa 1876

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“Melodicon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melodicon. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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