De*cam"e*ron (?), n. [It.
decamerone, fr. Gr. de`ka ten + &?; part; though
quite generally supposed to be derived from &?; day: cf. F.
décaméron.] A celebrated collection of
tales, supposed to be related in ten days; -- written in the 14th
century, by Boccaccio, an Italian.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Decameron, a collection of a hundred tales, conceived of as
rehearsed in ten days at a country-house during the plague at Florence;
are of a licentious character, but exquisitely told; were written by
Boccaccio; published in 1352; the name comes from deka, ten, and
hemera, a day.
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