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Meaning of Pantagruel

Pan•tag•ru•el

Pronunciation: (pan-tag'r-el", -ul, pan"tu-gr'ul Fr. pän-ta-gry-el'), [key]
— n.
  1. (in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.
  2. (italics) a satirical novel (1532) by Rabelais. Cf.
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