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Topic: PERFORMING

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Late Latin
Origin: ventriloquus 'ventriloquist', from Latin venter ( VENTRAL) + loqui 'to speak'; from the belief that the voice comes from the ventriloquist's stomach

ventriloquist

noun
     
ven‧tril‧o‧quist [countable]
AP someone who entertains people by speaking without moving their lips and making it seem that the words are spoken by a model of a person called a dummy
ventriloquism noun [uncountable]
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