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[puhn-chuh-nel-oh] /ˌpʌn tʃəˈnɛl oʊ/

noun, plural Punchinellos, Punchinelloes.
a grotesque or absurd chief character in a puppet show of Italian origin: the prototype of Punch.
any similarly grotesque or absurd person or thing.
noun (pl) -los, -loes
a type of clown from Italian burlesque or puppet shows, the prototype of Punch
(sometimes not capital) any grotesque or absurd character

see Punch.


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