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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who can neither hear nor speak.
  • adj. Unable to speak or hear. See Usage Note at mute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unable to hear or speak
  • n. A person who is unable to hear or speak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who is deaf and dumb; one who, through deprivation or defect of hearing, has either failed the acquire the power of speech, or has lost it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who is both deaf and dumb, the dumbness resulting from deafness which has existed either from birth or from a very early period of the person's life.
  • n. A subject for dissection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
  • n. a deaf person who is unable to speak

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