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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ventril’oquism,
 
“speaking from the belly.” From the erroneous notion that the voice of the ventriloquist proceeded from his stomach. The best that ever lived was Brabant, the “engastrimist” of François I. (Latin, venter-loquor.)   1
 


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