from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large brass wind instrument, similar in range to the tuba, having a flaring bell and a shape adapted to being carried in marching bands.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A valved brass instrument with the same length as a tuba, but shaped differently so that the bell is above the head, that the valves are situated directly in front of the musical instruments and a few inches above the waist, and that most of the weight rests on one shoulder.
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- n. the lowest brass wind instrument
After John Philip Sousa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after John Philip Sousa, the famous march composer and conductor, with the suffix -phone. (Wiktionary)