me·​lod·​i·​con | \ -də̇kən \
plural melodicons

Definition of melodicon

: a keyboard instrument of the early 19th century in which the mechanism causes tuning forks or steel bars to be struck

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First Known Use of melodicon

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melodicon

New Latin, from Greek melōidikon, neuter of melōidikos melodic

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The first known use of melodicon was circa 1876

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“Melodicon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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