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Latin Gnatho, name of a parasitical character in the Eunuchus of Terence, Ancient Greek γνάθων (gnáthōn) (probably from the genitive plural form of γνάθος (gnáthos, jaw)- the genitive singular, γνάθου (gnáthou, jaw), was used adjectivally with the meaning "greedy"); hence, a parasite in general.



gnathonic (comparative more gnathonic, superlative most gnathonic)

  1. (obsolete) flattering; deceitful
    • 1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho! [[s:Westward Ho!/Chapter {{{1}}}|Chapter {{{1}}}]]
      Jack's is somewhat of a gnathonic and parasitic soul, or stomach, all Bideford applewomen know

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gnathonic in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)