from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument fitted with steam whistles, played from a keyboard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical organ, consisting of steam whistles played with a keyboard. Often used with merry-go-rounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses.
- n. One of the asteroids. See Solar.
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles, toned to the notes of the scale, and played by keys arranged like those of an organ. It is sometimes attached to steamboat boilers.
- n. A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. Myth., the muse who presided over eloquence and heroic poetry. Also spelled Kalliope.
- n. [lowercase] The name given to a harsh musical instrument consisting of a number of steam-whistles tuned to produce different tones. Also called steam-organ.
- n. [NL.] In ornithology: A genus of small sylviine birds, related to Cyanecula, the type of which is an Asiatic warbler, Calliope kamchatkensis. Gould, 1836, The term had previously been the specific name of the same bird.
- n. [lowercase] The specific name of a humming-bird, Stellula calliope, inhabiting the western United States and Mexico, having the crown and back golden-green, the gorget violet and lilac, set in snowy-white.
- n. A genus of mammals.
- n. A genus of dipterous insects.
- n. A genus of amphipods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
- n. (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
From Calliope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek Καλλιόπη (Kalliopē, "Calliope, the muse of poetry"), from καλός (kalos, "beautiful") + ὄψ (ops, "voice"). (Wiktionary)