Definition of ophicleide in English:

ophicleide

noun

  • An obsolete bass brass instrument with keys, used in bands in the 19th century but superseded by the tuba.

    • ‘After early lessons on the ophicleide, an instrument for which he seems to have shown little aptitude, he turned to the flute, studying with Kuhlau.’
    • ‘Happily, the ophicleide is much more predictable than the serpent, and it is possible to show a fairly typical fingering pattern that will work with most examples of the instrument.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French ophicléide, from Greek ophis serpent + kleis, kleid- key.

Pronunciation:

ophicleide

/ˈäfəklīd/