Priscian

[prish-ee-uh n, prish-uh n]
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Priscian

noun
  1. Latin name Priscianus Caesariensis. 6th century ad, Latin grammarian
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Priscian

n.

Latin Priscianus, name of a celebrated Roman grammarian (c.500-530); hence to break Priscian's head (1520s) "to violate rules of grammar" (Latin diminuere Prisciani caput). Cf. Priscilla.

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