a small keyboard organ in which the tones are produced by drawing air through metal reeds by means of a bellows operated by pedals: it is much like a harmonium
Origin of melodeonGerman melodion, coined (1806) by J. C. Dietz, German inventor, for another instrument from melodie from OFr, melody
A small harmonium.
Origin of melodeonProbably alteration of melodium from melody
- (historical, US) A music hall.
From melo- + odeon.
From French mÃ©lodium, with change of ending.