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

  • n. An apparatus for generating static electricity, consisting of a hard rubber disk that is given a negative charge by friction and a metal plate that is given a net positive charge by induction when in contact with the disk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any early apparatus, consisting of a rubber disk and a metal plate, for generating static electricity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for exciting electricity, and repeating the charge indefinitely by induction, consisting of a flat cake of resin, shellac, or ebonite, upon which is placed a plate of metal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. electrophori (-rī). An instrument for obtaining statical electricity by means of induction.
  • n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Electrophoridæ. There is but one species, the electric eel, E. electricus. Gill, 1864. See cut under eel.

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

  • n. a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricity
  • n. type genus of the family Electrophoridae; electric eels

Etymologies

New Latin : electro- + Greek -phoros, -phorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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