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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or resembling in character the farces or dramas called fabulœ Atellanœ; farcical; ribald. See II. Also spelled Atellane.
  • noun One of a class of farces or dramatic pieces (fabulœ Atellanœ) in vogue among the ancient Osci, and early introduced into Rome.
  • noun A satirical or licentious drama: as, “Atellans and lascivious songs,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Atella, in ancient Italy; ; farcical; ribald.

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