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MOUNTEBANK (Ital. montambanco, monlimbanco, from mantare, to climb up on, mount, and banco, bench, cf. saltimbanco, an acrobat or dancer, one who dances or leaps on a bench), a wandering juggler, story-teller, seller of quack medicines, etc., who performs his entertainment on a platform or raised bench, hence any charlatan or quack.

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

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