One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of musical instrument (not identified).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Aston Cokayne (1608–1684), poet and playwright. From ancient Greek Ὀρϕεῖον, neuter of Ὀρϕεῖος of or belonging to Orpheus. Perhaps compare French orphéon a keyboard instrument.
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