One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or in the style of the Roman comic dramatist Plautus.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Abraham Tucker (1705–1774), philosopher. From classical Latin Plautīnus of or belonging to Plautus or his works, typical of Plautus from Plautus, the name of Plautus (died b.c. 184), Roman comic dramatist + -īnus.
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