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tel·e·scope

telescope

 
 
pronunciation:
te l skop
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part of speech: noun
definition: an instrument that uses lenses and sometimes mirrors to make distant objects appear larger.
Powerful telescopes increase our knowledge about stars and planets.
 
Word History
Galileo used the Italian word telescopio in 1611 for the instrument that he had built. The word came from an ancient Greek word that means "far-seeing." "Telescope" was first used in English about fifty years later.
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