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terpsichorean

[turp-si-kuh-ree-uh n, turp-si-kawr-ee-uh n, -kohr-] /ˌtɜrp sɪ kəˈri ən, ˌtɜrp sɪˈkɔr i ən, -ˈkoʊr-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to dancing.
2.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Terpsichore.
noun
3.
a dancer.
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British Dictionary definitions for terpsichorean

Terpsichorean

/ˌtɜːpsɪkəˈrɪən; -ˈkɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to dancing or the art of dancing
noun
2.
a dancer
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Word Origin and History for terpsichorean
adj.

"pertaining to dancing," 1869, literally "of Terpsichore," from Latinized form of Greek Terpsikhore, muse of dancing and dramatic chorus (see Terpsichore). Hence theatrical slang terp "stage dancer, chorus girl" (1937).

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