(?), n. [It. podest, fr. L. potestas power, magistracy. See Potent.]
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1. One of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages. Brande & C.
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2. A mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy.
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(?), n.;
pl. Podetia (#), E. Podetiums (#).
[NL., fr. Gr. , , foot.] (Bot.) A stalk which bears the fructification in some lichens, as in the so-called reindeer moss.
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