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[in-stuh-mat-ik] /ˌɪn stəˈmæt ɪk/

a brand name for a pocket-size, fixed-focus, snapshot camera.

1962, proprietary name (reg. Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y.) for a type of self-loading camera, from instant + automatic.


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