One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
R. Kirk's name for: a type of musical instrument resembling a soprano saxophone, used in jazz music.
1960s; earliest use found in The Melody Maker. Coined by the American saxophonist Roland Kirk, but of uncertain formation: the second element is after saxello (presumably with euphonic substitution of -z- for pretonic -ks-); the first element is perhaps arbitrary.
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