American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fallopian tube.
- n. The eustachian tube.
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).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Old Anat.) The Eustachian tube, or the Fallopian tube.
- n. a tube in the uterus or the ear
- New Latin, from Greek salpinx, trumpet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An ancient music critic, Aristides Quintilianus, calls the salpinx “a warlike and terrifying instrument,” “masculine” and “vehement.””
“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.”
“The salpinx ranged from two and a half to about five feet long: the salpinx was hardly handy, but it was certainly loud.”
“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.”
“Homer compares the sound of the salpinx to the terrible cry of Achilles.”
“The ancient trumpet, or salpinx, was a long, straight, narrow tube flaring into a small bell.”
“He mispronounced quite common words: urticate, salpinx, bordereau.”
“The Greek name for the Fallopian tube is salpinx (salpinx in Greek means tube).”
“An imitation of this wooden torch was undoubtedly the torch-case made of clay or metal in the shape of a salpinx.”
“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.”
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