"Punch," French (17c.), from Neapolitan Polecenella (see Punch).
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Moliere's original part—the title role—had dwindled into insignificance, to the great disgust of Polichinelle, to whom it fell.
Thence to the Fayre, and saw "Polichinelle," and so home, and after a little supper to bed.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
This duty he discharged dressed in a Polichinelle costume, and wearing a pasteboard nose.
"Oh, we shall contrive," said Polichinelle, with his mouth full.
There was, too, a comical part for Rhodomont, as the roaring bully hired by Polichinelle to cut Leandre into ribbons.