Wes Schulz reminded me
last week that he has long been a fan of the exotic word callipygian. It means
having shapely buttocks, and it is based upon the ancient Greek word for rump, πῡγή (pyge). It is also
part of the name of the classic statue seen above, The Callipygian Venus.
There are a few other rump words that could also be applied to the human booty.
[Greek καλλι- comb. form of κάλλος beauty
+ πῡγή buttocks]
dasypygal: having hairy
[Greek δασύς hairy
+ πῡγή rump,
[Greek πλατυ-, wide, + ancient Greek πυγή rump
relating to the rump of an animal, especially a tortoise.
[Greek πυγή, rump]
steatopygous: having fat buttocks.
[Greek στεατ-, στέαρ fat, tallow + πῡγή rump,
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