Pronunciation: (pan-tag'rOO-el", -ul, pan"tu-grOO'ul; Fr. pän-ta-gry-el'), [key]
1. (in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.
2. (italics) a satirical novel (1532) by Rabelais. Cf. Gargantua.
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