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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
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; < Latin < Greek Kalliópē, equivalent to kalli- calli- + op- (stem of óps) voice + feminine ending
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Examples from the web for calliope
  • Out on the floor, a calliope of slot machines jingles with jackpots and payouts.
  • There was a carousel spinning around, playing calliope music.
  • We're building out the calliope bar area at the top aft of the boat for al fresco dining.
  • On the stern, a hot dog stand serves its eponymous treats while a steam calliope entertains.
  • Wildlife photographers look out for mule deer, moose, osprey and calliope hummingbirds.
  • Wildlife in the region includes mule deer, moose, osprey and calliope hummingbirds.
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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Encyclopedia Article for calliope

in music, a steam-whistle organ with a loud, shrill sound audible miles away; it is used to attract attention for circuses and fairs. It was invented in the United States about 1850 by A.S. Denny and patented in 1855 by Joshua C. Stoddard

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