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A.Word.A.Day--steatopygia

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steatopygia (stee-at-uh-PIJ-ee-uh) noun

An extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks.

[Steato- fat + Greek pyge, rump + -ia.]

"No one had told her that all that keeping still encouraged the growth of an uncommonly large posterior and by the time Sally thought of taking more exercise, steatopygia had set in for good."
Wicomb, Zoe, Untitled extract. (excerpt from a novel in progress), World Literature Today, 1 Jan 1996.

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