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MOUNTEBANK (Ital. montambanco, montim...

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 939 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOUNTEBANK (Ital. montambanco, montimbanco, from montare, to climb up on, mount, and banco, bench, cf. saltimbanco, an acrobat' or dancer, one who dances or leaps on a bench), a wandering juggler, story-teller, seller of quack medicines, &c., who performs his entertainment on a platform or raised bench, hence any charlatan or quack.
End of Article: MOUNTEBANK (Ital. montambanco, montimbanco, from montare, to climb up on, mount, and banco, bench, cf. saltimbanco, an acrobat' or dancer, one who dances or leaps on a bench)
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