Definitions

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  • n. An animal that urinates backwards - such as the camel, hippo or raccoon.
  • adj. That urinates backwards; also used of such urination.
  • adj. cowardly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Organized so as to discharge the urine backward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Urinating backward; characterized by or exhibiting retromingency.
  • n. A retromingent animal.

Etymologies

From retro- + past participle of Latin mingō ("I urinate"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Other Browne's neologisms which spring immediately to mind include - 'electrical' 'electricity' 'hallucination' 'caricature' 'pathology' 'ambidextrous' 'antediluvian' 'retromingent' 'callyphygae' , 'gymnastically' and many, many others.

    Author, author: Henry Hitchings on neologisms

  • Were he still in power, he would note the profound difference between Chairman Mao's retromingent Great Leap Forward and what Beijing's new entrepreneurial technocrats have in mind.

    Lawyers, engineers and scientists: comparing Chinese and American politician bakcground

  • Today I learned that “retromingent” means urinating backwards.

    Ride through My Mind

  • The crustacea copulate like the retromingent quadrupeds, fitting their tails to one another, the one supine and the other prone.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • Male animals differ from one another, as has been said, in this particular, but all female animals are retromingent: even the female elephant like other animals, though she has the privy part below the thighs.

    The History of Animals

  • They may have 2 seats in the European Parliament (a huge talking shop with no real power) but I'm counting the hours until OLAF start telling us how venal and shoite the incompetent misbegotten retromingent miscreants of the BNP really are.

    Army Rumour Service

  • As to Sproul, there is not much to say about a retromingent.11/16/2006 12:19:00 PM|W|P| 206isCancer.com|W|P|Senator Bee had told me once during the election cycle that it infurated him This might just be my word, I can't actually see Senator Bee mad when he would overhear staffers in the hallway talking about the need to push for their legislation.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Examination of reference-book illustrations is likely to confirm that all mammals are retromingent.)

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 4

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  • Next time, instead of saying "The shit has well and truly hit the fan", I'm going to say, "Utter hippodump, yanno."

    July 28, 2011

  • "To mark territory, hippos spin their tails while defecating to distribute their excrement over a greater area. Likely for the same reason, hippos are retromingent-- that is, they urinate backwards."

    - From the Wikipedia article on the hippo.

    July 28, 2011

  • It can be done by humans...if you can believe pictures on the back of a certain A Grumph (sp?) vinyl record album. Only by women, it appears (with no hands, anyway).

    June 1, 2007

  • One word: eeeew.

    June 1, 2007

  • Or a cat, I believe. I read a book about books about cats, and seem to recall learning that male domestic cats can micturate backwards, between the legs.

    May 31, 2007

  • you've got to be plumbed like a raccoon or a camel...

    February 7, 2007

  • whaaaa?

    February 7, 2007

  • Ouch. I'm not even going to ask.

    February 7, 2007

  • urinating backwards

    February 7, 2007