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  • n. A figure drawn, painted or sculpted so as to show the muscles of the body without skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A manikin, or image, representing an animal, especially man, with the skin removed so that the muscles are exposed for purposes of study.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In painting and sculpture, a subject, man or animal, flayed or exhibited as deprived of its skin, so that the muscular system is exposed, for the purposes of study.

Etymologies

From French écorché ("flayed"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "A steady diet of opiate pills, Freezeland Fags, Wormwood Star Absinthe, bad coffee, and almost no food had turned his body into a thin, taut, anatomical écorché, with no muscles and all the nerves showing, the whole offering little or no protection against the outer world."
    Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat, p 223

    July 24, 2011

  • art depicting the human figure without skin. literally, "flayed."

    July 22, 2008