Etymology
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calliope (n.)

"harsh-sounding steam-whistle keyboard organ," 1858, named incongruously for Calliope, the ninth and chief muse, who presided over eloquence and epic poetry. A Latinized from Greek Kalliopē, literally "beauty of voice," from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" (see Callisto) + opos (genitive of *ops) "voice" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak").

updated on October 30, 2022

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