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n. pl. put·ti (-tē)
A representation of a small child, often naked and having wings, used especially in the art of the European Renaissance.

[Italian, boy, from Vulgar Latin *puttus, from Latin putus; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
(Art Terms) a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculpture. See also amoretto
[from Italian, from Latin putus boy]
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(ˈpu toʊ)

n., pl. -ti (-tē).
a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.
[1635–45; < Italian: literally, boy < Latin putus]
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(or amorino) A figure of a small child or cherub.
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References in classic literature ?
It was pleasant to wake up in Florence, to open the eyes upon a bright bare room, with a floor of red tiles which look clean though they are not; with a painted ceiling whereon pink griffins and blue amorini sport in a forest of yellow violins and bassoons.
Aile parole della donna segue un rapido cambiamento di scena che si muta in palazzo (popolato da vari gruppi di Geni, Ninfe, Amorini e Piaceri) con il coro che riprende le parole di Armida: "Si, d'amor la reggia e questa, / questo e il centro del piacere".
In particolare, sono tre i momenti che piu manifestano questo contrasto, oltre ai due intermezzi identificati precedentemente: le lotte infantili degli Amorini nel canto XIII, la partita a scacchi del canto XV e i giochi funebri del canto XX.
The conference was made possible by a generous gift from Elisabeth Salina Amorini, who founded the Jacques Rossi Memorial Gulag Research Fund at Georgetown.
[54.] Tavazzi B, Di Pierro D, Amorini AM, Fazzina G, Tuttobene M, Giardina B, Lazzarino G.
[25], decreased by Miller and colleagues [26], and increased by Amorini et al.
That Venus & Amorini by S: Botticelli seems to me to be monstrous in price....