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- n. The chief jester or mimic who would imitate the dead person as part of ancient Roman funeral processions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief mime; the hero of the Roman low comedy; also, the chief buffoon at a Roman funeral. See mime.
From Latin archimimus, from Ancient Greek ἀρχίμῖμος (arkhimimos). (Wiktionary)
The archimime, or jester, attending the funeral train, and imitating the speeches, gesture, and manners of the deceased, was too light for such solemnities, contradicting their funeral orations and doleful rites of the grave.