A keyboard instrument resembling an organ but with the notes produced by steam whistles, used chiefly on showboats and in traveling fairs.
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- Our steam calliope was traded to Cleveland for a second baseman.
- Marimba, clarinet and calliope all figure heavily.
- The track opens with a series of agitated sci-fi effects, homely robot tones that later segue into what sounds like the malfunctioning calliope of a downtrodden circus.
mid 19th century: from the Greek name Kalliopē (see Calliope).