Galton whistle

noun

Definition of Galton whistle

: a whistle of variable high pitch used to test the upper limit of audibility

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History and Etymology for Galton whistle

after Sir Francis Galton, its inventor

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“Galton whistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Galton%20whistle. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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