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helicon

[hel-i-kon, -kuh n] /ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən/
noun
1.
a coiled tuba carried over the shoulder and used especially in military bands.
Compare sousaphone.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; probably special use of Helicon, by association with helico-

Helicon

[hel-i-kon, -kuh n] /ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən/
noun
1.
a mountain in S central Greece. 5738 feet (1749 meters): regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses.
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British Dictionary definitions for helicon

helicon

/ˈhɛlɪkən/
noun
1.
a bass tuba made to coil over the shoulder of a band musician
Word Origin
C19: probably from Helicon, associated with Greek helix spiral

Helicon

/ˈhɛlɪkən/
noun
1.
a mountain in Greece, in Boeotia: location of the springs of Hippocrene and Aganippe, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the source of poetic inspiration and the home of the Muses. Height: 1749 m (5738 ft) Modern Greek name Elikón
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Word Origin and History for helicon

Helicon

1520s, from Greek Helikon, mountain in Boeotia, sacred to the Muses, in which arose the fountains of Aganippe and Hippocrene. Literally "the tortuous mountain," from helix (genitive helikos) "spiral" (see helix).

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