MEANING: noun: A person who disrobes to provide entertainment for others.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by writer and editor H.L. Mencken in 1940, from ecdysis (shedding or molting), from Greek ekdysis (casting off), from ek- (out) + dyein (to put on).

ENDYSIAST - a person who puts clothes on for the entertainment of others

ECODYSIAST - a strip-tease artist who donates all the revenue for environmental preservation

ECDYSIASE - the enzyme that causes molting in snakes and insects (come to think of it, that might even be a real word ! )