One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device for repeatedly generating static electricity by induction.
- ‘Pancaldi tells us in detail the intriguing and difficult stories of the births of the electrophorus, the condenser, the electrometer and the battery.’
- ‘An electrophorus consists of a flat insulator on which rests a removable metal plate.’
- ‘The electrophorus has historically been used as a charge dispensing device.’
Late 18th century: from electro- + Greek -phoros ‘bearing’.
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