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Sunday, April 01, 2012

pyknic

\PIK-nik\ , adjective;
1.
Having a rounded build or body structure.
noun:
1.
A person of the pyknic type.
Quotes:
I can tell what your feelings are; I'm sensitive, doctor, even if I'm the pyknic bodytype.
-- Philip K. Dick, Now Wait for Next Year
Another short elf with the same pyknic physique wearing a scotch plaid suit and a green feather in his hat.
-- R. W. Alexander, Spark of Life
He was very pyknic-looking: neckless and bull-bodied, he showed in eyes and mouth a more dangerous volatility than his mate.
-- Anthony Burgess, Honey for the Bears
Origin:
Pyknic entered the English language in the 1920s. It came from the Greek word pykn meaning "thick."
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