callipygian

[kal-uh-pij-ee-uh n]
Also cal·li·py·gous [kal-uh-pahy-guh s] /ˌkæl əˈpaɪ gəs/.

Origin of callipygian

1640–50; < Greek kallipýg(os) with beautiful buttocks; referring to a statue of Aphrodite (kalli- calli- + pyg(ḗ) rump + -os adj. suffix) + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for callipygian

callipygian

callipygous (ˌkælɪˈpaɪɡəs)

adjective
  1. having beautifully shaped buttocks

Word Origin for callipygian

C19: from Greek kallipugos, epithet of a statue of Aphrodite, from calli- + pugē buttocks
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Word Origin and History for callipygian
adj.

"of, pertaining to, or having beautiful buttocks," 1800, Latinized from Greek kallipygos, name of a statue of Aphrodite at Syracuse, from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" + pyge "rump, buttocks." Sir Thomas Browne (1646) refers to "Callipygæ and women largely composed behinde."

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