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speaking trumpet

a trumpet-shaped instrument used to carry the voice a great distance or held to the ear by a deaf person to aid his hearing
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  • Caradoc caught up a speaking trumpet and held it to his friend's ear.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Mrs. Leake heard her though the speaking trumpet was not in action.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • The echo of a speaking trumpet was heard after an interval of ten seconds.

  • The Indians were still continuing their signals, and Valentine raised his hands to his mouth in the shape of a speaking trumpet.

  • He waved his straw hat, and making a speaking trumpet of a roll of paper, shouted "Dinner!"

  • In vain he made a speaking trumpet with his hands and roared through it for order.

    Paris and the Social Revolution Alvan Francis Sanborn
  • To-day a barque from Algoa Bay came close to us, and talked with the speaking trumpet.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • He says we may talk through his speaking trumpet, and sound the foghorn, and turn the wheel just a tiny piece.

  • Their leader, making a speaking trumpet of his hand, shouted to the boat his orders to stop.

  • On arriving within a short distance of the solitary traveller, he formed a sort of speaking trumpet with his hands.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard

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