Carbonaro

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carbonaro \Car'bo*na"ro\, noun; pl. {Carbonari}. [It., a coal man.] A member of a secret political association in Italy, organized in the early part of the nineteenth centry for the purpose of changing the government into a republic.

Note: The origin of the Carbonari is uncertain, but the society is said to have first met, in 1808, among the charcoal burners of the mountains, whose phraseology they adopted.


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