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Rabelais

[ rab-uh-ley, rab-uh-ley; French ra-ble ]
/ ˈræb əˌleɪ, ˌræb əˈleɪ; French raˈblɛ /
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noun
Fran·çois [frahn-swa], /frɑ̃ˈswa/, c1490–1553, French satirist and humorist.
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Rabelais
/ (ˈræbəˌleɪ, French rablɛ) /

noun
François (frɑ̃swa). ?1494–1553, French writer. His written works, esp Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534), contain a lively mixture of earthy wit, common sense, and satire
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