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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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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