Calliope

Cal*li"o*pe

(kl*l"*p), 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 Muses.
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2. (Astron.) One of the asteroids. See Solar.
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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.
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4. (Zol.) A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.
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