helicon(redirected from helicons)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
A mountain, 1,749 (5,738 ft) high, of central Greece. It was the legendary abode of the Muses and was sacred to Apollo.
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
hel•i•con(ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒn, -kən)
a coiled tuba carried over the shoulder and used esp. in military bands.
Hel•i•con(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.