modification of Italian dialect polecenella
1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1
“Punchinello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punchinello. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.
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