What is an abbreviator?

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  1. Agent noun of abbreviate; one who abbreviates or shortens. [Early 16th century.]
  2. (historical, Roman Catholicism) One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and afterwards expand the minute into official form. [Mid 16th century.]
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The abbreviator himself, however, is dated to the end of the seventh.
Some of the chapters, of which the Greek is lost, have been preserved to us by his abbreviator Moschion.

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