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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 740 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COLUMBINE (Ital. coumbina, from columba, a dove), in pantomime (q.v.) the fairy-like dancer who is courted by Harlequin. In the medieval Italian popular comedy she was Harlequin's daughter.
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