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[pi-noh-kee-oh] /pɪˈnoʊ kiˌoʊ/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And Pinocchio swam quicker than ever, and flew on with the rapidity of a ball from a gun.

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

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • At this moment his dream ended and Pinocchio opened his eyes and awoke.

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • Pinocchio was as silent and gloomy as the hood of a dirty kitchen stove.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • Since that day—it must be nearly two years ago; two years, my dear Pinocchio, that have seemed like two centuries!

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • For a long while Pinocchio didn't know whether he was alive or dead.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • Pinocchio was greatly afraid of thunder and lightning, but the hunger he felt was far greater than his fear.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini

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