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[mahr-kahn-taw-nyaw] /ˌmɑr kɑnˈtɔ nyɔ/ (Show IPA), 1623–69, Italian composer.
a girdle or belt, especially as worn by women of ancient Greece.
Classical Mythology. the girdle of Venus, decorated with every object that could arouse amorous desire.
a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.
(classical myth) the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
noun (pl) -tus, -tuses
(in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist’s gauntlet of bull’s hide loaded or studded with metal


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