[kwah-suh-moh-doh, -zuh-moh-; Italian kwah-zee-maw-daw]
Salvatore [sahl-vah-taw-re] , 1901–68, Italian poet: Nobel prize 1959.
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[kwah-suh-moh-doh, -zuh-moh-] ,
the ugly, humpbacked protagonist of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo.

1840–50; < Late Latin, from the opening words of the introit antiphon for the Sunday: Quasi modo genitī infantēs …As just born children … (1 Pet. 2:2)

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Quasimodo (ˌkwɔːzɪˈməʊdəʊ)
1.  another name for Low Sunday
2.  a character in Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831), a grotesque hunch-backed bellringer of the cathedral of Notre Dame
3.  Salvatore (salvaˈtoːre). 1901--68, Italian poet, whose early work expresses symbolist ideas and techniques. His later work is more concerned with political and social issues: Nobel prize for literature 1959
[(sense 1) from the opening words of the Latin introit for that day, quasimodo geniti infantes as new-born babies]

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"Low Sunday," 1706, Quasimodo Sunday, from L. quasi modo, first words of introit for the first Sunday after Easter: quasi modo geniti infantes "as newborn babes" (1 Pet. ii:2). The hunchback in Victor Hugo's novel was supposed to have been abandoned as an infant at Notre Dame on this day.
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