physique

[fi-zeek]
noun
physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development: the physique of an athlete.

Origin:
1820–30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic

physic, physique.
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physique (fɪˈziːk)
 
n
the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
 
[C19: via French, from physique (adj) natural, from Latin physicus physical]

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physique
1826, from Fr. physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from L. physicus "natural, physics," from Gk. physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).
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physique phy·sique (fĭ-zēk')
n.
The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

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