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from French papelard adj. and n. (13th c. in Littré); in Italian pappalardo glutton, greedy-gut, hypocrite (Baretti); medieval Latin pape-, papalardus (Du Cange); from Old French paper, Italian pappare to eat + lard, Italian lardobacon, fat; lit. a parasite, a sponge, a ‘sucker’
From: The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
Edited by Richard Morris, Vol. VI, 1872
The Romaunt of the Rose
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