Definitions

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

  • n. A large, valved, brass wind instrument with a bass pitch.
  • n. A reed stop in an organ, having eight-foot pitch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large brass musical instrument, usually in the bass range, played through a vibration of the lips upon the mouthpiece and fingering of the keys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ancient trumpet.
  • n. A sax-tuba. See sax-tuba.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient Roman trumpet with a straight tube of metal, like the Greek salpinx.
  • n. In the Philippine Islands, Guam, and the west coast of Mexico, the sap obtained from the immature inflorescence of the coconut, which is allowed to ferment and is used as a beverage, and from which a distilled liquor called vino, or aguardiente, is obtained.
  • n. In the peninsula of Malacca and the Malay Archipelago, a name applied to a number of fish-intoxicants, especially to Deguelia elliptica, and in the Philippine Islands to Croton Tiglium, Jatropha Curcas, and Cocculus Cocculus, used for the same purpose.
  • n. A musical instrument of the trumpet family, of very large size and low pitch.
  • n. In organ-building, a reed-stop of large scale, so connected with a separate bellows with extra weights that the tones are of exceptional power and majesty. Usually called tuba mirabilis.
  • n. In anatomy and zoül, a tube or tubular part or organ; specifically, the Eustachian tube, or salpinx. See hydra tuba (under hydra), and cut under scyphistoma.

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

  • n. the lowest brass wind instrument

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin, trumpet; akin to tubus, tube.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tuba ("tube, trumpet"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "3. n. In the peninsula of Malacca and the Malay Archipelago, a name applied to a number of fish-intoxicants, especially to Deguelia elliptica, and in the Philippine Islands to Croton Tiglium, Jatropha Curcas, and Cocculus Cocculus, used for the same purpose."
    --CD&C

    December 9, 2011

  • Here's another spin (if you will) on tuba vs. not tuba - I think tornadoes have been associated with clouds called tuba (maybe Cumulonimbus tuba), but now those clouds are called funnel clouds.

    Edit: Maybe tuba clouds can indicate that a funnel cloud might be forming without being funnel clouds themselves... they might not be the same thing at all - do any of my fellow wordniks know?

    July 12, 2010

  • Well then - tuba, or not tuba: that is the question. I aver this Shakespearean question is answered with a resounding "YES" judging from the various octubafest celebrations around the US. Am I correct that octubafest celebrations began at Indiana University's music school?

    July 12, 2010

  • The previous comment for this word gave me ophicleidic for my list of Adjcectival Arcana.

    July 12, 2010

  • Abut in reverse.

    July 22, 2007