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[mel-uh-fohn] /ˈmɛl əˌfoʊn/
a marching or military band brass instrument similar in appearance and range to the French horn but slightly smaller and simpler to play.
Also called tenor cor.
1925-30; mello(w) + -phone Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mellophone


(music) a brass band instrument similar in tone to a French horn
Word Origin
C20: from mellow + -phone
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a valved brass musical instrument built in coiled form and pitched in E or F, with a compass from the second A or B below middle C to the second E or F above. The alto and tenor forms substitute for the French horn in marching bands. In the 1950s a version called the mellophonium was developed for concert use; its French horn-style bell faces forward. The mellophone bears no relationship to the melophone, a free-reed instrument

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