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  1. Ophicleide(n.)

    A large brass wind instrument, formerly used in the orchestra and in military bands, having a loud tone, deep pitch, and a compass of three octaves; -- now generally supplanted by bass and contrabass tubas. It developed from the older wooden instrument called the serpent. Moore (Encyc. of Music).

  2. Origin: [F. ophiclide, fr. Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + , gen. , a key. So named because it was in effect the serpent, an old musical instrument, with keys added.]


  1. ophicleide(Noun)

    A keyed brass baritone bugle, now replaced by the tuba in orchestral music


  1. Ophicleide

    The ophicleide is a family of conical-bore keyed bugles. It has a similar shape to the sudrophone.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ophicleide

    a keyed brass wind instrument of recent invention, of great compass and power, and of which there are two kinds in use.


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