noun ophi·cleide \ˈäfəˌklīd, ˈōf-\

Definition of ophicleide



  1. 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. 2 :  a powerful organ reed stop of 8-foot or 16-foot pitch



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Origin and Etymology of ophicleide

French ophicléide, from ophi- + Greek kleid-, kleis key — more at cleid-

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