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Language: Greek
Origin: -phonos 'sounding', from phone; PHON-

-phone

suffix
     
-phone
1 [in nouns]XX an instrument or machine relating to sound or hearing, especially a musical instrument:
earphones (=for listening to a radio etc)
a saxophone
2 [in nouns] technical someone who speaks a particular language:
a Francophone (=someone who speaks French)
3 [in adjectives] speaking a particular language:
Francophone nations (=nations where French is spoken)

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