from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Boccaccio, Giovanni 1313-1375. French-born Italian poet and writer whose classic work, the Decameron (1351-1353), is a collection of 100 tales set against the melancholic background of the Black Death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given by the Italians about San Francisco to the Sebastodes paucispinis, a scorpænoid fish of California. It has very small scales and a projecting lower jaw, attains a length of 30 inches, and is a good food-fish, abundant in rather deep water along the coast.

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  • n. Italian poet (born in France) (1313-1375)


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  • Boccaccio, and Byron has had his revenge on them.] [my] _Boccaccio to his parent earth, bequeathed_

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  • Almanac (1676) and we find it alluded to in Boccaccio, the classical sedile which according to scoffers has formed the papal chair (a curule seat) ever since the days of Pope Joan, when it has been held advisable for one of the Cardinals to ascertain that His

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  • This total of twenty — nine, with three forms of “Purusháyit,” when the man lies supine (see the Abbot in Boccaccio i. 4), becomes thirty-two, approaching the French quarante façons.

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  • (No. xxviii.) and in Boccaccio (Day iii. 6 and Day vi. 8), modified by La Fontaine to Richard Minutolo (Contes lib.i. tale 2): it is quoted almost in the words of The Nights by the Shaykh al-Nafzáwi

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  • Were I to choose an auspicious image for the new millennium, I would choose that one [an image in Boccaccio of Cavalcanti leaping]: the sudden agile leap of the poet-philosopher who raises himself above the weight of the world, showing that with all his gravity he has the secret of lightness, and that what many consider to be the vitality of the times – noisy, aggressive, revving and roaring – belongs to the realm of death, like a cemetery for rusty old cars.

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  • East and in Boccaccio’s Italy by one who brings good news.

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  • Boccaccio '70 (1962) (segment "Il lavoro") ... aka Boccaccio' 70 (USA)

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  • To paraphrase Boccaccio: any tactic against such would-be tyrants is legitimate. he begins by decrying the perceived corruption of the left and then ends by saying the ends justify the means. and he does it with no sense of irony whatsoever.

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  • The "Boccaccio" was, as I have said, fat and large.

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  • A Livy in the public library at Tours also passes under his name, and the famous "Boccaccio" of Estienne Chevalier at Munich, containing ninety miniatures, is also confidently assigned to him.

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