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Hel·i·con

 (hĕl′ĭ-kŏn′, -kən)
A mountain, 1,749 (5,738 ft) high, of central Greece. It was the legendary abode of the Muses and was sacred to Apollo.

hel·i·con

 (hĕl′ĭ-kŏn′, -kən)
n.
A large spiral brass tuba, such as a sousaphone, that fits around the player's shoulder.

[Probably from Greek helix, helik-, spiral.]

helicon

(ˈhɛlɪkən)
n
(Instruments) a bass tuba made to coil over the shoulder of a band musician
[C19: probably from Helicon, associated with Greek helix spiral]

Helicon

(ˈhɛlɪkən)
n
(Placename) a mountain in Greece, in Boeotia: location of the springs of Hippocrene and Aganippe, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the source of poetic inspiration and the home of the Muses. Height: 1749 m (5738 ft). Modern Greek name: Elikón

hel•i•con

(ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən)

n.
a coiled tuba carried over the shoulder and used esp. in military bands.
[1865–75; probably after Helicon, by association with helix]

Hel•i•con

(ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən)

n.
a mountain in S central Greece. 5738 ft. (1749 m): regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.helicon - a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musicianhelicon - a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba - the lowest brass wind instrument
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