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).
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.]
A keyed brass baritone bugle, now replaced by the tuba in orchestral music
The ophicleide is a family of conical-bore keyed bugles. It has a similar shape to the sudrophone.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
of′i-klīd, n. a large bass trumpet, with a deep pitch. [Fr.; coined from Gr. ophis, a serpent, kleis, kleidos, a key.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a keyed brass wind instrument of recent invention, of great compass and power, and of which there are two kinds in use.
The numerical value of ophicleide in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of ophicleide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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