- A musical organ, consisting of steam whistles played with a keyboard. Often used with merry-go-rounds.
- (Greek mythology): The Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus with Apollo.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
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. (Zoöl.) A beautiful
species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California
and adjacent regions.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Calli`ope, the muse of epic poetry and eloquence, is represented
with a tablet and stylus, and sometimes with a paper roll. See
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