An obsolete bass brass instrument with keys, used in bands in the 19th century but superseded by the tuba.
More example sentences
- After early lessons on the ophicleide, an instrument for which he seems to have shown little aptitude, he turned to the flute, studying with Kuhlau.
- Happily, the ophicleide is much more predictable than the serpent, and it is possible to show a fairly typical fingering pattern that will work with most examples of the instrument.
mid 19th century: from French ophicléide, from Greek ophis 'serpent' + kleis, kleid- 'key'.
Definition of ophicleide in:
- The US English dictionary