ecdysiast

ecdysiast

[ek-diz-ee-ast, -ist]
noun
stripper ( def 3 ).

Origin:
ecdysi(s) + -ast, variant of -ist after a vowel; coined by H. L. Mencken in 1940

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ecdysiast (ɛkˈdɪzɪˌæst)
 
n
a facetious word for stripper
 
[C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist]

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ecdysiast
H.L. Mencken's invented proper word for "strip-tease artist," 1940, from Gk. ekdysis "a stripping or casting off" (used scientifically with ref. to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein "to put off" (contrasted with endyo "to put on"), from ex- + dyo "sink, plunge, enter."
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