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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ophicleide

    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

  1. Ophicleide

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ophicleide in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ophicleide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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