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ecdysiast

[ek-diz-ee-ast, -ist]
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noun
  1. stripper(def 3).
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Origin of ecdysiast

ecdysi(s) + -ast; coined by H. L. Mencken in 1940
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British Dictionary definitions for ecdysiast

ecdysiast

noun
  1. a facetious word for stripper (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist
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Word Origin and History for ecdysiast

n.

H.L. Mencken's invented proper word for "strip-tease artist," 1940, from Greek ekdysis "a stripping or casting off" (used scientifically with reference to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein "to put off" (contrasted with endyo "to put on"), from ek (see ex-) + dyein "to enter, to put on."

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