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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 17 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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POLTROON, a coward, a worthless rogue without courage or, spirit. The word comes through Fr. poltron from Ital. poltrone, an idle fellow, one who lolls in a bed or couch (Milanese palter, Venetian poltrona, adapted from Ger. Polster, a pillow; cf. English " bolster "). The old guess that it was from Lat. pollice truncus, maimed in the thumb, and was first applied to those who avoided military service by self-mutilation, gave rise probably to the French application of poltron to a falcon whose talons were cut to prevent its attacking game.
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POLTERGEIST (Ger. for " racketing spirit ")
JEAN DE POLTROT (c. 1537–1563)

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