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Dictograph

[dik-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈdɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
Trademark.
1.
a brand name for a telephonic device with a highly sensitive transmitter obviating the necessity of a mouthpiece: used for listening to conversations secretly or obtaining a record of them.
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Dictograph

/ˈdɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
noun
1.
trademark a telephonic instrument for secretly monitoring or recording conversations by means of a small, sensitive, and often concealed microphone
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Word Origin and History for Dictograph

patented 1907 in U.S. by K.M. Turner and W. Donnan, from dictation + -graph "instrument for recording; something written."

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