ventriloquism[ven tril′ə kwiz′əm]
the art or practice of speaking so that the voice seems to come from some source other than the speaker
Origin of ventriloquism; from Classical Latin ventriloquus, literally , one who speaks from the belly ; from venter, belly (see ventral) + loqui, to speak + -ism
The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.
Origin of ventriloquismFrom Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural ventriloquisms)
ventriloquy + -ism.