ophicleide definition

  • noun:
    • A keyed metal instrument of the bugle family with a baritone range that has been the structural precursor regarding the bass saxophone and was replaced because of the tuba in orchestras.
    • A keyed metal baritone bugle, now replaced because of the tuba in orchestral music
    • A large brass-wind tool, previously found in the orchestra and in army bands, having a loud tone, deep pitch, and a-compass of three octaves; -- now generally speaking supplanted by bass and contrabass tubas. It created from the older wooden instrument known as the serpent.
    • A metal musical wind-instrument, invented about 1790, having a sizable tube of conical bore, bent double, with a cupped mouthpiece.
    • In organ-building, a robust reed end with a trumpet-like tone.

Related Sources

  • Definition for "ophicleide"
    • A keyed metal instrument of the bugle family…
    • View More
  • Sentence for "ophicleide"
    • The Washington Cathedral has an ophicleide
    • View More
  • Same Context for "ophicleide"
77 votes

How would you define ophicleide?

All the definitions on AZdictionary were written by people just like you. Now's your chance to add your own!