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LAZARETTO or LAZAR-HOUSE is a hospital for the reception of poor persons suffering from the plague, leprosy or other infectious or contagious diseases. A peculiar use of " lazaretto " is found in the application of the term, now obsolete, to a place in the after-part of a merchant vessel for the storage of provisions, etc.

Lazzarone, a name now often applied generally to beggars, is an Italian term, particularly used of the poorest class of Neapolitans, who, without any fixed abode, live by odd jobs and fishing, but chiefly by begging.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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