otacousticon

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EtymologyEdit

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

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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 […].