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Pinocchio

[pi-noh-kee-oh] /pɪˈnoʊ kiˌoʊ/
noun
1.
the hero of Carlo Collodi's children's story, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), a wooden puppet who comes to life as a boy and whose nose grows longer whenever he tells a lie.
Origin of Pinocchio
< Italian: literally, pine seed, pine cone, equivalent to pin(o) pine1 + -occhio < Vulgar Latin *-uc(u)lu(m), Latin -i-culum; see -i-, -cule1
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  • Colonel Mannheim's puppet is going to have to cut his strings and do a Pinocchio.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The customer, a lady, thrust a copy of Pinocchio into her hand.

    The Crimson Thread

    Roy J. Snell
  • When Pinocchio scratched his head in this way you could be sure that there was trouble in the air.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • When Pinocchio got an idea in his head he had to work it out at any cost.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • I can't tell you where Pinocchio's thoughts were at this moment.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • "Like the food you took from the general," that rascal of a Pinocchio dared to remark.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • And off there Pinocchio could see the bersaglieri, the soldiers of his country.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote

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