spyglass

[ spahy-glas, -glahs ]
/ ˈspaɪˌglæs, -ˌglɑs /
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noun

a small telescope.

Origin of spyglass

First recorded in 1700–10; spy + glass
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British Dictionary definitions for spyglass

spyglass

/ (ˈspaɪˌɡlɑːs) /

noun

a small telescope
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Word Origin and History for spyglass

spyglass


n.

also spy-glass, "telescope, field-glass," 1706, from spy (v.) + glass (n.).

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