from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An auditory ossicle; one of the phonophori.
  • n. An apparatus by means of which telephonic communication may be maintained over a telegraph-line without interfering with its use in the ordinary way.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Joinedupical should join the pantheon of madeupical words. :-D

    August 7, 2009

  • Aha. I thought it must have been you, because the programming of it automatically would be disproportionately difficult to the probability of doing it in the wrong circumstances. It would be a useful feature, but not worth doing.

    August 7, 2009

  • Oh man, I'm sorry, I saw that and thought it was a bug in my handling of unicode characters. Wasn't automagical, was manually intrusive :-(

    From now on I'll refrain from second-guess copyedits in languages and notations I don't know.

    August 7, 2009

  • Now I could swear I wrote that word with tone numbers - thus sheng 1 pang 2 zi 4 but joinedupical - so is this site now automagically converting pinyin display?

    August 6, 2009

  • The sound-bearing element (shēngpángzì) of a Chinese character. Details here.

    August 6, 2009