Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fallopian tube.
  • n. The eustachian tube.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fallopian tube
  • n. Eustachian tube

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Eustachian tube, or the Fallopian tube.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Fallopian tube.
  • n. A Eustachian tube, or syrinx.
  • n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of lepidopterous insects.
  • n. An ancient Greek military trumpet of metal having a straight, flaring tube. It was used for signals. Compare the Roman tuba (tuba, 4).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tube in the uterus or the ear

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek salpinx, trumpet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • An ancient music critic, Aristides Quintilianus, calls the salpinx “a warlike and terrifying instrument,” “masculine” and “vehement.”

    The Battle of Salamis

  • A golden dolphin, which had been suspended from a beam, and on which the eye of every charioteer was fixed, dropped to the ground, a blast on the 'salpinx', or war-trumpet, was sounded, and forty-eight horses flew forth as though thrown forward by one impulsion.

    Serapis — Volume 06

  • The salpinx ranged from two and a half to about five feet long: the salpinx was hardly handy, but it was certainly loud.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • A salpinx from fifth century B.C. Greece has been found: its cylinder consists of thirteen parts made of ivory, while its bell and mouthpiece are made of bronze.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • Homer compares the sound of the salpinx to the terrible cry of Achilles.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The ancient trumpet, or salpinx, was a long, straight, narrow tube flaring into a small bell.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • He mispronounced quite common words: urticate, salpinx, bordereau.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The Greek name for the Fallopian tube is salpinx (salpinx in Greek means tube).

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • An imitation of this wooden torch was undoubtedly the torch-case made of clay or metal in the shape of a salpinx.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • The long-lost sounds of the epigonion, the salpinx and the kithara could be about to form the strangest musical group yet, thanks to the world's largest physics project.

    Signs of the Times

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