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 (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.


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

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


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


(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


(ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən)

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


(ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən)

a mountain in S central Greece. 5738 ft. (1749 m): regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses.
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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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