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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman antiquity, a comic character of Italic origin, wearing a mask with gaping jaws set with great teeth, which were made to clash against each other.

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

  • noun (Gr. & Rom. Antiq.) A grotesque mask, representing a person chewing or grimacing, worn in processions and by comic actors on the stage.

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