plural melopianos
: a 19th-century device intended for installation in a piano and containing metal springs that cause small hammers to bounce repeatedly against the piano strings to sustain or swell their sound while producing a tremolo effect

Word History


melo- entry 1 + piano

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melopiano was in 1872

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“Melopiano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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