One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pasquinade. Now chiefly historical.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin Pasquillus, the name of a fictitious author of satirical verses, the statue in Rome supposed to represent him (both 1509 or earlier), satirical writing, apparently from Italian Pasquillo, alteration (with suffix substitution in -illo, diminutive suffix: see -illa) of Pasquino.
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