- Desmond (Mpi·lo) [uh m-pee-loh] /əmˈpi loʊ/, born 1931, South African Anglican clergyman and civil-rights activist: Nobel Peace Prize 1984; archbishop of Cape Town since 1986.
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- British informal a university degree graded 2:2 (second class lower bracket)Often shortened to: Desmond
C20: a pun on 2:2 and Desmond Tutu
- Desmond . born 1931, South African clergyman, noted for his opposition to apartheid: Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg (1984–86) and Archbishop of Cape Town (1986–96); in 1995 he became leader of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to investigate human rights violations during the apartheid era. Nobel peace prize 1984
- a very short skirt worn by ballerinas, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material
from French, changed from the nursery word cucu backside, from cul, from Latin cūlus the buttocks
- a shrub, Coriaria arborea, of New Zealand, having seeds that are poisonous to farm animals
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Word Origin and History for desmond tutu
ballet skirt, 1910, from French tutu, alteration of cucu, infantile reduplication of cul "bottom, backside."
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