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calliope 1

Syllabification: cal·li·o·pe
Pronunciation: /kəˈlīəpē/

noun

chiefly historical
A keyboard instrument resembling an organ but with the notes produced by steam whistles, used chiefly on showboats and in traveling fairs.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the Greek name Kalliopē (see Calliope).

Words that rhyme with calliope

hiccupy • chirrupy

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Calliope 2 Syllabification: Cal·li·o·pe
Pronunciation: /kəˈlīəpē/
Greek & Roman Mythology
The Muse of epic poetry.

Origin

From Greek Kalliopē, literally 'having a beautiful voice'.

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