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A.Word.A.Day--pandiculation

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pandiculation (pan-DIK-yuh-lay-shuhn) noun

The act of stretching oneself.

[Latin pandiculatus past participle of pandiculari to stretch oneself, derivation of pandere to stretch.]

"His (Awadagin Pratt's) constantly changing answering-machine message has featured recitations on the pre-sleep state of pandiculation and sportscast-style accounts of the recent Short-Kasparov chess match." Peter Goodman, Piano forte, Newsday, Jan 9, 1994.

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