Definitions

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  • adj. Having a big belly.
  • adj. Gluttonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of great gastronomic capacity.

Etymologies

From Middle French ventripotent, from Latin venter ("belly") + potens ("powerful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ventripotent mulatto, the great cater, worker, earner and waster, the man of much and witty laughter, the man of the great heart and alas! of the doubtful honesty, is a figure not yet clearly set before the world; he still awaits a sober and yet genial portrait; but with whatever art that may be touched, and whatever indulgence, it will not be the portrait of a precision.

    Memories and Portraits

  • Of the ridiculous statue Manduce; and how and what the Gastrolaters sacrifice to their ventripotent god.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I do not speak from personal experience, for I detest the sweet, cloying stuff; but it occasionally fell to my lot to guide down-stairs the uncertain footsteps of some ventripotent Kommerzien-Rath, or even of Mr. Over-Inspector of Railways himself, both temporarily incapacitated by injudicious indulgence in Swedish Punch.

    The Days Before Yesterday

  • In short, the tiny creature of the first stage, so active and alert, is succeeded by a ventripotent grub, deprived of movement by its very obesity.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • When placed on a surface of moist sand, the ventripotent creature is no better able to shift its position: curved into a fish-hook, it lies on its side.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • ($5.78) [Footnote A: As far as I can remember, this was a gratuity to a rather tarnished subject who directed us at a fork in the road, near a railway crossing.] [Footnote B: This was a copper well lavished; for the publican, a ventripotent person with a liquid and glamorous brown eye, told us excellent gossip about Dr. Johnson and George Eliot, both heroes in that neighbourhood.

    Shandygaff

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