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1A member of an Oscan-Umbrian people based in and around the ancient town of Corfinium in central Italy.
2The language of this people, an Italic dialect.
Of or relating to the Paelignians or their language.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Paelignī (also Pelignī), the name of a people of central Italy + -an; compare -ian.
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