Definition of melotrope in English:

melotrope

(also mélotrope)

noun

Music
historical
  • A device for playing music automatically on a keyboard instrument, using a stencil of perforated cardboard strips made by a melograph.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Logansport (Indiana) Daily Pharos. From French mélotrope from mélo- + ancient Greek -τροπος.

Pronunciation

melotrope

/ˈmɛlətrəʊp/