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Pyknic

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:55 pm
by Stargzer
Not an outdoor meal, but perhaps the result of too many outdoor meals. Few of us would say, "Let's have a pyknic!"

pyk· nic (pĭk' nĭk)

ADJECTIVE:

    Having a short stocky physique.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek puknos, compact

OTHER FORMS:
pyk'nic (Noun)


SOURCE: the NEARLY USELESS FACTOID section of Mike Causey's column, Home Alone: What did you do during the shutdown? at FederalNewsRadio.com.

Re: Pyknic

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:01 am
by Bazr
pyknic
Line breaks: pyk¦nic
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪknɪk /
ADJECTIVE

Anthropology
Relating to or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to fat.

Origin
1920s: from Greek puknos 'thick' + -ic. The word was first used by the German psychiatrist, Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964), in his tripartite classification of human types (the other two being asthenic and athletic). Ref: Oxford Dictionary