funambulism

funambulist

[fyoo-nam-byuh-list]
noun
a tightrope walker.

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin fūnambul(us) ropedancer + -ist

funambulism, noun
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funambulist (fjuːˈnæmbjʊlɪst)
 
n
a tightrope walker
 
[C18: from Latin fūnambulus rope dancer, from fūnis rope + ambulāre to walk]
 
fu'nambulism
 
n

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funambulist
"rope-walker," 1793, coined from L. funis "rope" + ambulare "to walk."
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