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  • n. A kind of organ pipe.
  • n. A sound signal which produces sound by means of a slotted piston moved back and forth by compressed air.
  • n. A particular dialectal variant of a phoneme.
  • n. All the dialectal variants of a phoneme, considered as a whole.

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  • n. a foghorn that makes a signal consisting of two tones


Dia(lect) + phone (Wiktionary)



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  • I like this example:

    “Like the lighthouse keeper who could not sleep when the diaphone did not wrneeee-hrnawwww for five seconds of each and every minute, Jerry”

    June 3, 2013