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a phonograph pickup that generates an electric current as the stylus applies pressure to a piezoelectric crystal.
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British Dictionary definitions for crystal pickup
a record-player pick-up in which the current is generated by the deformation of a piezoelectric crystal caused by the movements of the stylus
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