stentor

noun
sten·​tor | \ ˈsten-ˌtȯr How to pronounce stentor (audio) , -tər \

Definition of stentor

1 : a person having a loud voice
2 : any of a widely distributed genus (Stentor) of ciliate protozoans having a trumpet-shaped body with the mouth at the broad end and with the narrow end often attached to the substrate

First Known Use of stentor

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stentor

Latin, from Greek Stentōr Stentor, a Greek herald in the Trojan War noted for his loud voice

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“Stentor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stentor. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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