Punchinello

Punchinello

[puhn-chuh-nel-oh]
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:
1660–70; < 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)
 
n , 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
 
[C17: from earlier Polichinello, from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) Polecenella, from Italian pulcino chicken, ultimately from Latin pullus young animal]

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