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antenna

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 electromagnetic signals.
Since the antenna broke on our car, we haven't been able to get our favorite station on the radio.
similar words:
aerial, dish
definition 2: a thin, sensitive appendage on the head of an insect or crustacean, used to feel with.
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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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