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-phone

suff.
1. Sound: homophone.
2. Device that receives or emits sound: geophone.
3. Speaker of a language: Anglophone.

[From Greek phōnē, sound, voice; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
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-phone

combining form
1. (forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off sound: microphone; telephone.
2. (forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular language: Francophone.
[from Greek phōnē voice, sound]
-phonic adj combining form
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phone1

(foʊn)

n., v.t., v.i. phoned, phon•ing.
telephone.
[1880–85]

phone2

(foʊn)

n.
a single speech sound. Compare allophone, phoneme.
[1865–70; < Greek phōnḗ voice]

-phone

a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “speaker” (of the language specified) (Francophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
[see phone2]
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