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an·ten·na

antenna

 
pronunciation:
aen te n
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part of speech: noun
inflections: antennae, antennas
definition 1: a metal device that sends or receives radio or television signals.
We need an antenna to get a clear picture on our television.
 
similar words:
aerial
definition 2: one of a pair of long, thin body parts on the head of insects, crabs, and other animals. Antennae are used to feel and smell.
 
Word History
The word antenna is a Latin word for a long pole that sticks up from a ship's sail. "Antenna" entered the English language as a word for the feelers of insects in the 1300s.
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