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ophicleide

[of-i-klahyd] /ˈɒf ɪˌklaɪd/
noun
1.
a musical wind instrument, a development of the old wooden serpent, consisting of a conical metal tube bent double.
Origin of ophicleide
1825-1835
1825-35; < French ophicléide < Greek óphi(s) serpent + kleid- (stem of kleís) key (akin to Latin clavis; see clavicle)
Related forms
ophicleidean, adjective
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ophicleide

/ˈɒfɪˌklaɪd/
noun
1.
(music) an obsolete keyed wind instrument of bass pitch
Word Origin
C19: from French ophiclēide, from Greek ophis snake + kleis key
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