Pinocchio

Pinocchio

[pi-noh-kee-oh]
noun
the hero of Carlo Collodi's children's story, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), a wooden puppet who comes to life as a boy and whose nose grows longer whenever he tells a lie.

Origin:
< Italian: literally, pine seed, pine cone, equivalent to pin(o) pine1 + -occhio < Vulgar Latin *-uc(u)lu(m), Latin -i-culum; see -i-, -cule1

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