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Meaning & History

Perhaps an Italian diminutive of OTHO. Shakespeare used this name in his tragedy 'Othello' (1603), where it belongs to a Moor who is manipulated by Iago into killing his wife Desdemona.

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diminutives, murderers, Shakespearean characters, uncertain etymology
Entry updated November 18, 2011   Contribute