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From the 3rd ed. of the American Heritage Dictionary:
Saint Pantaleon was so closely associated with Venice that the Venetians were nicknamed Pantaloni by other Italians. In plays, the stereotypical Venetian merchant was called Pantalone. The French identified Pantalone with a particular style of trousers, which was transferred to English as pantaloons. Pantaloons later referred to trousers in general, and in the 19th century was shortened to a vulgar 'pants.'
earthnut  6/4/2007
Pantaleon "Pan" is the dæmon of Lyra Belacqua in the His Dark Materials series.
emmiix3  1/31/2009
CORRECTION: his name is Pantalaimon.
emmiix3  1/31/2009
The original name is "Panteleimon" and means "protection".
― Anonymous User  2/2/2009
This name reminds me too much of the Spanish word "pantalones" (which means pants) and the English word "pantaloon" (which means pants or an aging, senile person).
Rin_0911  6/30/2012
This name reminds me of the French word "pantalon", which means trousers...
― Anonymous User  1/16/2013
The actual meaning of the name means all compassionate and not all lion.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2018

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