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Celeste

[suh-lest] /səˈlɛst/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “heavenly.”.
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celesta

/sɪˈlɛstə/
noun
1.
(music) a keyboard percussion instrument consisting of a set of steel plates of graduated length that are struck with key-operated hammers. The tone is an ethereal tinkling sound. Range: four octaves upwards from middle C
Word Origin
C19: from French, Latinized variant of céleste heavenly
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Word Origin and History for Celeste

fem. proper name, from French céleste (11c.) "sky, heaven," from Latin caelestis "heavenly" (see celestial).

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Encyclopedia Article for Celeste

celesta

orchestral percussion instrument resembling a small upright piano, patented by a Parisian, Auguste Mustel, in 1886. It consists of a series of small metal bars (and hence is a metallophone) with a keyboard and a simplified piano action in which small felt hammers strike the bars. Each bar is resonated by a wooden box or similar chamber tuned to reinforce the fundamental harmonic (component tone) of the bar. A pedal lifts a felt-pad damper from the bars, permitting use of either sustained or short notes. The normal range is four octaves upward from middle C

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