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  • In seventeenth-century French the verb calepiner meant to interpret words, and calepin is still used of a memorandum book or vade mecum.

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  • A dictionary (sometimes ‘a polyglot’); fig., one's book of authority or reference; one's notebook or memorandum-book.

    French calepin, ad. from Italian calepino, 'dictionary, polyglot,' from the cognomen of the Augustine friar, Ambrosio Calepino, of Calepio in Italy, the author of a famous Latin Dictionary, first published in 1502, which in its many editions was the Latin Dictionary of the 16th century, and the foundation of the later work of Forcellini.

    August 12, 2008