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pyknic

[ pik-nik ]
/ ˈpɪk nɪk /
Psychology

adjective

(of a physical type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure.Compare asthenic(def 2), athletic(def 5).

noun

a person of the pyknic type.

Nearby words

pygostyle, pyin, pyinkado, pyjama, pyjamas, pyknic, pykno-, pyknodysostosis, pyknomorphous, pyknosis, pyknotic

Origin of pyknic

1920–25; < Greek pykn(ós) thick + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for pyknic

pyknic

/ (ˈpɪknɪk) /

adjective

(of a physical type) characterized by a broad squat fleshy physique with a large chest and abdomen

Word Origin for pyknic

C20: from Greek puknos thick
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Medicine definitions for pyknic

pyknic

[ pĭknĭk ]

adj.

Having a short, stocky physique.
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