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- n. Alternative spelling of théâtrophone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arrangement of telephonic apparatus by means of which subscribers at a distance may listen to performances given on the stage of an opera-house or theater.
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(The "theatrophone" in the arcades was, in certain respects, the forerunner of the gramophone.)
The word "theatrophone" is a forgotten linguistic pseudogene, and the word "minidisc" is becoming one.
In December, 1848, much is made of a proposed "opera telakouphanon" -- a forecast of the telephone, phonograph, and theatrophone combined: --
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