Pronunciation: (pub'li-kun), [key]
1. Chiefly Brit.a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub.
2. Rom. Hist.a person who collected public taxes.
3. any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like.
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