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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 874 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BUSKIN (a word of uncertain origin, existing in many European languages, as Fr. brousequin, Ital. borzacchino, Dutch brozeken, and Span. borcegu£), a half-boot or high shoe strapped under the ankle, and protecting the shins; especially the thick-soled boot or cothurnus in the ancient Athenian tragedy, used to increase the stature of the actors, as opposed to the soccus, " sock," the light shoe of comedy. The term is thus often used figuratively of a tragic style.
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