callipygian

callipygian

[kal-uh-pij-ee-uhn]
adjective
having well-shaped buttocks.
Also, callipygous [kal-uh-pahy-guhs] .


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek kallipýg(os) with beautiful buttocks; referring to a statue of Aphrodite (kalli- calli- + pyg() rump + -os adj. suffix) + -ian

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callipygian or callipygous (ˌkælɪˈpɪdʒɪən, ˌkælɪˈpaɪɡəs)
 
adj
having beautifully shaped buttocks
 
[C19: from Greek kallipugos, epithet of a statue of Aphrodite, from calli- + pugē buttocks]
 
callipygous or callipygous
 
adj
 
[C19: from Greek kallipugos, epithet of a statue of Aphrodite, from calli- + pugē buttocks]

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callipygian
"of, pertaining to, or having beautiful buttocks," 1800, from Gk. kallipygos, name of a statue of Aphrodite at Syracuse, from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" + pyge "rump, buttocks." Sir Thomas Browne (1646) refers to "Callipygæ and women largely composed behinde."
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