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From motor +‎ -ola, because at the time the company adopted that name it produced radios for installation in motorcars.


  • IPA(key): /moʊtɚˈɹoʊlə/


Motorola (plural Motorolas)

  1. A hand-held radio manufactured by the Motorola company.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Julius Mutwol, Peace Agreements and Civil Wars in Africa ↑ISBN, page 190:
      [] Colonel Moen was trying to make sense of the radio nets, which had never really been operational let alone secure; our numerous outposts were cobbled together with hand-held Motorolas and too few repeater stations []
    • (Can we date this quote?), Al-Anbar Awakening, V. 2, Iraqi Perspectives ↑ISBN, page 79:
      Because I think these radios are infiltrated. The terrorists could easily listen to the Motorolas.