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calliope

[kuh-lahy-uh-pee; for 1 also kal-ee-ohp] /kəˈlaɪ ə pi; for 1 also ˈkæl iˌoʊp/
noun
1.
Also called steam organ. a musical instrument consisting of a set of harsh-sounding steam whistles that are activated by a keyboard.
2.
(initial capital letter). Also, Kalliope. Classical Mythology. the Muse of heroic poetry.
Origin of calliope
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; < Latin < Greek Kalliópē, equivalent to kalli- calli- + op- (stem of óps) voice + feminine ending
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  • calliope is one of the women in whose presence one can wrap one's Christmas gifts.

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  • The man inside the calliope, the fireman, was too industrious.

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  • calliope smiled a little, with her way of coming back to the moment from the four great horizons.

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  • "No need to go to the table if you don't want," calliope told her.

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  • When Peleg had gone back to the woodshed, calliope slipped away too.

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  • "We'll set the table for seven folks," said calliope, at my house on Thanksgiving morning.

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  • Now like the music of a calliope the squeak of his wagon wheels awoke the village.

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  • Just before twelve calliope caught off her apron and pulled down her sleeves.

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  • Over night calliope had hung out signals of approaching low spirits.

  • "Then there is calliope Marsh," I ventured, to turn my thought not less than hers.

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British Dictionary definitions for calliope

calliope

/kəˈlaɪəpɪ/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a steam organ
Word Origin
C19: after Calliope (literally: beautiful-voiced)

Calliope

/kəˈlaɪəpɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the Muse of epic poetry
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Word Origin and History for calliope
n.

1858, "steam-whistle keyboard organ," named for Calliope, ninth and chief muse, presiding over eloquence and epic poetry, Latinized from Greek Kalliope, literally "beautiful-voiced," from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" + opos (genitive of *ops) "voice," related to Latin vox (see voice (n.)).

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