Definitions for: Calliope

[n] a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
[n] (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry

Webster (1913) Definition: Cal*li"o*pe (k[a^]l*l[imac]"[-o]*p[-e]), n. [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

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. (Zo["o]l.) A beautiful species of humming bird ({Stellula
Calliope}) of California and adjacent regions.

Synonyms: steam organ

See Also: instrument, Muse, musical instrument, steam whistle

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