What does calliope mean?

Definitions for calliopekəˈlaɪ ə pi; for 1 also ˈkæl iˌoʊp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Calliope(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry

  2. calliope, steam organ(noun)

    a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard


  1. calliope(Noun)

    A musical organ, consisting of steam whistles played with a keyboard. Often used with merry-go-rounds.

  2. Calliope(ProperNoun)

    The Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus with Apollo.

  3. Origin: From the (Kalliopē) "Calliope, the muse of poetry", from (kalos) "beautiful" + (ops) "voice"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calliope(noun)

    the Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses

  2. Calliope(noun)

    one of the asteroids. See Solar

  3. Calliope(noun)

    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. Calliope(noun)

    a beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions

  5. Origin: [L. Calliope, Gr. Kallio`ph, lit, the beautiful-voiced; pref. kalli- (from kalo`s beautiful) + 'o`ps, 'opo`s, voice.]


  1. Calliope

    In Greek mythology, Calliope was the muse of epic poetry, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and is believed to be Homer's muse, the inspiration for the Odyssey and the Iliad. One account says Calliope was the lover of the war god Ares, and bore him several sons: Mygdon, Edonus, Biston, and Odomantus, respectively the founders of Thracian tribes known as the Mygdones, Edones, Bistones, and Odomantes. Calliope also had two famous sons, Orpheus and Linus, by either Apollo or the king Oeagrus of Thrace. She taught Orpheus verses for singing. According to Hesiod, she was also the wisest of the Muses, as well as the most assertive. Calliope married Oeagrus close to Pimpleia, Olympus. Calliope is usually seen with a writing tablet in her hand. At times, she is depicted as carrying a roll of paper or a book or as wearing a gold crown.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calliope

    kal-ī′o-pe, n. the muse of epic poetry: an instrument producing musical notes by means of steam-whistles, played by a keyboard. [Gr.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calliope in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calliope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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