calliope

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Calliope \Cal*li"o*pe\ (k[a^]l*l[imac]"[-o]*p[-e]), noun [L. Calliope, Gr. Kallio'ph, lit, the beautiful-voiced; pref. kalli- (from kalo's beautiful) + 'o'ps, 'opo's, voice.]

1. (Class. Myth.) The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses.

2. (Astron.) One of the asteroids. See {Solar}.

3. A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles, toned to the notes of the scale, and played by keys arranged like those of an organ. It is sometimes attached to steamboat boilers.

4. (Zool.) A beautiful species of humming bird ({Stellula Calliope}) of California and adjacent regions.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Calliope

noun

1: (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry

2: a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard [syn: {calliope}, {steam organ}]


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