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n. pl. co·thur·ni (-nī′)
1. A buskin worn by actors of classical tragedy.
2. The ancient style of classical tragedy.

[Latin, buskin, from Greek kothornos, perhaps of Lydian origin.]


(kəʊˈθɜːnəs) or


n, pl -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ) or -thurns
(Clothing & Fashion) the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos]


(koʊˈθɜr nəs)

also co•thurn

(ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn)
n., pl. -ni (-nī).
2. a grave, elevated style of acting; tragedy.
[1720–30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin]
co•thur′nal, adj.
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Archilochum proprio rabies armavit iambo; hunc socei cepere pedem grandesque cothurni, 80 alternis aptum sermonibus et popularis vincentem strepitus et natum rebus agendis.
The public's familiarity with the emperor, sharing the position of spectator, and the range of emotions aroused by its presence can be found in familiarity with the actors who gradually abandoning the solemnities of the discourse, at the same time with the dissolution of plays into pantomime, suspended the barriers of the stage and of the word exalted on cothurni and sliding into the communication of the immediate body.
That those who as Aiantes or as Bishops enter Striking the floor with their cothurni and claiming the specialness of mystic joy Silver tassels mildness of verdancy's darkness breasts of superb skin I have lived in your own city myself