a musical wind instrument, a development of the old wooden serpent, consisting of a conical metal tube bent double.

1825–35; < French ophicléide < Greek óphi(s) serpent + kleid- (stem of kleís) key (akin to Latin clavis; see clavicle)

ophicleidean, adjective
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ophicleide (ˈɒfɪˌklaɪd)
music an obsolete keyed wind instrument of bass pitch
[C19: from French ophiclēide, from Greek ophis snake + kleis key]

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