from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A striptease artist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
The two decades mentioned saw articles and books by H.L. Mencken, who reflected a modern, mature view of language (and who coined the word ecdysiast for
So distinct was her wit and elegant striptease, that H.L. Mencken coined the term "ecdysiast" to describe her high-class act.
Considering that the roots of the word "ecdysiast" have to do with molting, this is particularly charming to me.
Mencken is the one who coined the word 'ecdysiast' in her honor, Abbott says.
Who ever thought the music that's supposed to signal it's time to take off your shirt, line up with the gym bunnies and unleash your inner ecdysiast would be played for CHILDREN.
Evie Lovelle, with long dark hair and a "corps sublime," is an ecdysiast in the classic Gypsy Rose Lee tradition, wearing hour-glass corsets, whipping off her long gloves à la Rita Hayworth in "Gilda," and playing hide-and-seek behind huge feather fans.
All attention was focused overhead as the ermine ecdysiast began to toy with the clasps securing one veil.
In any case, the turgid screen adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife" stars Eric Bana as Henry, the accidental ecdysiast, and Rachel McAdams as Clare, the long-suffering but patient-as-Penelope title character.
Please welcome several fellow bloggers to the sidebar: Kevin Kelly (author of the article I from the other day that I liked), Elizabeth Castro (whose book -- Publishing a Blog With Blogger -- I use often), The Radical Academy, Thomas "She Blinded Me With Science" Dolby, Steven Johnson (whose book I just finished and loved), blog historian Rebecca Blood, and literary ecdysiast Diablo Cody.
Just in case anyone is tempted to confuse Ecstasky Airlines with the competition, a company ecdysiast -- that's a fancy word for a striptease artist -- named Rachel recently told an L.A. morning show that "we have hooters, but we're not with Hooters."
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