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ecdysiast

[ek-diz-ee-ast, -ist] /ɛkˈdɪz iˌæst, -ɪst/
noun
1.
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/
noun
1.
a facetious word for stripper (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist
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Word Origin and History for ecdysiast
n.

H.L. Mencken's invented proper word for "strip-tease artist," 1940, from Greek ekdysis "a stripping or casting off" (used scientifically with reference to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein "to put off" (contrasted with endyo "to put on"), from ek (see ex-) + dyein "to enter, to put on."

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