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klaxon

[klak-suh n] /ˈklæk sən/
noun
1.
a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Also, claxon.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; formerly trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for klaxon

klaxon

/ˈklæksən/
noun
1.
a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
Word Origin
C20: former trademark, from the name of the manufacturing company
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Word Origin and History for klaxon
n.

"loud warning horn," 1908, originally on automobiles, said to have been named for the company that sold them (The Klaxon Company; distributor for Lovell-McConnell Mfg. Co., Newark, N.J.), but probably the company was named for the horn, which bore a word likely based on Greek klazein "to roar," cognate with Latin clangere "to resound."

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