[pan-tag-roo-el, -uh l, pan-tuh-groo-uh l; French pahn-ta-gry-el]
(in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.
(italics) a satirical novel (1532) by Rabelais.
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a gigantic prince, noted for his ironical buffoonery, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
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