a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone ), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone ), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone ).

see phone2

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combining form
1.  (forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off sound: microphone; telephone
2.  (forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular language: Francophone
[from Greek phōnē voice, sound]
adj combining form

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comb. form meaning "voice," from Gk. phone "voice, sound," from PIE base *bha- "to speak, say, tell" (cf. L. for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame).
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