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Punchinello

[puhn-chuh-nel-oh] /ˌpʌn tʃəˈnɛl oʊ/
noun, plural Punchinellos, Punchinelloes.
1.
a grotesque or absurd chief character in a puppet show of Italian origin: the prototype of Punch.
2.
any similarly grotesque or absurd person or thing.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Italian (Naples dial.) polecenella character in the puppet show, diminutive of polecana turkey-cock chick < Late Latin pullicēnus, derivative of Latin pullus pullet
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Punchinello

/ˌpʌntʃɪˈnɛləʊ/
noun (pl) -los, -loes
1.
a type of clown from Italian burlesque or puppet shows, the prototype of Punch
2.
(sometimes not capital) any grotesque or absurd character
Word Origin
C17: from earlier Polichinello, from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) Polecenella, from Italian pulcino chicken, ultimately from Latin pullus young animal
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n.

see Punch.

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