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Etymology 1[edit]

melo- +‎ odeon


melodeon (plural melodeons)

  1. (historical, US) A music hall.

Etymology 2[edit]

A melodeon organ (sense 1).
A melodeon accordion (sense 2).

From French mélodium, with change of ending.


melodeon (plural melodeons)

  1. (historical, music) A type of reed organ with a single keyboard.
  2. (music) An accordion where the melody-side keyboard is limited to the notes of diatonic scales in a small number of keys.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 147:
      But Chae said it didn't matter, he'd bring his melodeon and Long Rob his fiddle; and faith! if that didn't content the folk they were looking for a church parade of the Gordons, not a wedding.
    • 2009, January 13, “Derek Schofield”, in Francis Shergold[1]:
      His brother, Roy, joined him as a dancer - their two-man jigs were much admired - and his nephew, Jamie Wheeler, has become the side's principal musician, on melodeon and fiddle.
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