Etymology
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ventriloquist (n.)

1650s in the classical sense, from ventriloquy + -ist. In the modern sense from c. 1800. Ventriloquists in ancient Greece were Pythones, a reference to the Delphic Oracle. Another English word for them was gastromyth.

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Definitions of ventriloquist

ventriloquist (n.)
a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy;
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