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otacousticon

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From combining form of Ancient Greek οὖς (oûs, ear) + ἀκουστικόν (akoustikón), neuter of ἀκουστικός (akoustikós, acoustic).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əʊtəˈkuːstɪkɒn/

NounEdit

otacousticon (plural otacousticons)

  1. (now rare) An instrument to aid hearing, such as an ear trumpet or hearing aid.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.69:
      [] Gyges' invisible ring, or some rare perspective glass, or otacousticon, which would so multiply species that a man might hear and see all at once […].