Calepin

(A). A dictionary. (Italian, calepino.) Ambrosio Calepino, of Calepio, in Italy, was the author of a dictionary, so that “my Calepin,” like my Euclid, my Johnson, according to Cocker, etc., have become common nouns from proper names. Generally called Calepin, but the subjoined quotation throws the accent on the le.

Whom do you prefer
For the best linguist? And I seelily
Said that I thought Calepine's Dictionary.

Dr. Donne: Fourth Satire.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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