• WordNet 3.6
    • n calliope a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
    • n Calliope (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calliope (Zoöl) A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.
    • Calliope 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.
    • Calliope (Astron) One of the asteroids. See Solar.
    • Calliope (Class. Myth) The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calliope In Gr. Myth., the muse who presided over eloquence and heroic poetry. Also spelled Kalliope.
    • n calliope [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 calliope [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 calliope [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 calliope A genus of mammals.
    • n calliope A genus of dipterous insects.
    • n calliope A genus of amphipods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calliope kal-ī′o-pe the muse of epic poetry: an instrument producing musical notes by means of steam-whistles, played by a keyboard.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Calliope, Gr. Kallio`ph, lit, the beautiful-voiced; pref. kalli-from kalo`s beautiful) + 'o`ps 'opo`s, voice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The man with the steam calliope sat exhausted over his keyboard.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Calliope and Grecian; and on the 11th, parting company, prosecuted our voyage for the Cape of Good Hope.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
A fine calliope will be on board.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
And here, in the spring of the year, the calliope could be heard far down the Ohio as the showboat steamed into view.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Come down from heaven, O, Calliope my queen!
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
And, "Oh, you know," Calliope Marsh admitted to me later, "Mis' Sykes is rilly a great society woman.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
The first one, Calliope, stands for narrative poetry; No.
"The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures" by Lorinda Munson Bryant
Immediately the little girl set up a yell that, as Burd declared, could have scarcely been equaled by a steam calliope.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
It was followed by a responsive whistle, clear as a calliope note.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Fortunately Aunt Dora was asleep, but they all feared Bobby's calliope-like voice would awaken the patient.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Is it true you have backed Calliope?
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
And thou, my muse, O fairest of the train, Calliope, inspire my closing strain.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
It sounded like a cross between a fog-horn and a calliope.
"The Indians' Last Fight" by Dennis Collins
His Calliope had rhymed with hope, and a gleam of inward entertainment showed itself for one instant in the eyes of Etheridge and Larue.
"Horace Chase" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Old Lulu's left, and the calliope.
"Travelers Five Along Life's Highway" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Even Trajan, when Antioch was rebuilt, sacrificed Calliope, and placed her statue in the theatre.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the muse Calliope.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
We will surely be able now to capture Calliope for stunt nights, with my Mexican ukelele.
"Jane Allen: Center" by Edith Bancroft
"Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 130, April 24, 1852" by Various
And in this local warfare between Old and New a chief figure is Calliope Marsh.
"Wisconsin in Story and Song;" by Various

In poetry:

(Franklin in the Arctic,
Gunboats at Rangoon,
Calliope at Apia
Fighting the Typhoon) —
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
Our sailor boys all list aloft;
Sweet-flowing strains of music soft,
From Trenton's Band, and cheers from gallant hands,
Greet the Calliope, while Trenton strands.
"Samoa's Storm" by George Hannibal Temple
You wheeze as a head-cold long-tonsilled Calliope,
But God! what a sight you ha' got o' our in'ards,
Mad as a hatter but surely no Myope,
Broad as all ocean and leanin' man-kin'ards.
"Mesmerism" by Ezra Pound
Nor since that faire Calliope did lose
Her loued Twinnes, the dearlings of her ioy,
Her Palici, whom her vnkindly foes
The fatall Sisters, did for spight destroy,
Whom all the Muses did bewaile long space;
Was euer heard such wayling in this place.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser

In news:

It's French Country–Bistro Fare at Calliope.
Calliope Rescue, Inc, a 501 c 3 animal rescue organization is asking for your help.
She recently had four kittens that were raised and found homes of their own now it's Calliope 's turn.
What to do with the show when calliope falls silent.
I was slow to get back, because I didn't connect her with the calliope .
An exterior view of Calliope , a Manhattan bistro with a heart firmly rooted in Paris.
Calliope in the East Village.
Photo by Liz Sockness Calliope Hummingbird.
Strike up the calliope .
Geranium Caliente And Calliope By Syngenta Flowers.
Glenn Walbek saw this Calliope Hummingbird in Ouray, Colorado.
The colorful Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope ) is North America's smallest bird.
Calliope entertains kids on television and L.A.
Turner's eyes lit up when I told him about the "roast beef with gravy" poor boy I had just eaten at Calliope's Po-Boy on Jefferson.
EVEN before she's born, Calliope Stephanides's gender is up for debate.