Tuesday, July 15, 2008

callipygian -- having good junk in the trunk

from www.wordsmith.org

callipygian (kal-uh-PIJ-ee-uhn) adjective:
[From Greek calli- (beautiful) + pyge (buttocks).]
Having well-shaped buttocks.

[At right, the Aphrodite Kallipygos (Venus of the beautiful buttocks) lifting her robe and gazing down at her assets.]

"And it hasn't been lost on modern film directors that a nice set of tights can showcase the callipygian assets of a well-formed leading man."
-- Heroes in Hosiery; South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Jul 20, 2006.


also brings to mind the delightful word steatopygia (noun) --
[from the Greek steat (fat) + pyge (buttocks)]
an excessive accumulation of fat on the buttocks (adj. steatopygic or steatopygous)

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