from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to or resembling in character the farces or dramas called fabulœ Atellanœ; farcical; ribald. See II. Also spelled
- 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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The Phlyakes in lower Italy had the same emblem and it was worn in the atellan plays of the Romans. [