ophi·​cleide | \ ˈäfəˌklīd, ˈōf- \
plural -s

Definition of ophicleide

1 : a deep-toned brass wind musical instrument of the key bugle class, consisting of a large tapering tube bent double and provided with finger keys
2 : a powerful organ reed stop of 8-foot or 16-foot pitch

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Other Words from ophicleide

ophicleidean \ ¦⸗⸗¦klīdēən \ adjective

History and Etymology for ophicleide

French ophicléide, from ophi- + Greek kleid-, kleis key

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“Ophicleide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophicleide. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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