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.
The phonophore having been connected with the railway line, a telegraph message to this effect was sent to headquarters.
Unfortunately, the 酋 in this case is not pronounced QIU2, but JIU3 (in Middle Sinitic [circa 600 AD]), QIU2 (just the phonophore [without the three-drops-water] would have been pronounced something like DZUW but with the three-drops-water added as TSUW ').