Definitions

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  • adj. Having young that are naked when hatched; psilopaedic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having young that are naked when hatched; psilopædic; -- said of certain birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to naked boys: applied by the ancient Greeks to dances and gymnastic exercises performed, as at public festivals, by boys or youths unclothed.
  • In ornithology, same as psilopædic.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek naked + a child. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • That's awesome! Not only four consecutive letters, but also "ae," which is always a bonus.

    As for me, I was born fully clothed.

    February 16, 2007

  • Yeah! I'm so excited that this word exists, because it has an all-too-rare sequence of four consecutive letters. It means "having young that are naked when hatched", a meaning which I would not have guessed in a million years.

    The composer Erik Satie wrote a series of three pieces for piano, called Gymnopédies 1-3, two of which were later arranged for orchestra by Debussy. According to Wikipedia:
    The pieces are written in 3/4 time and in a similar structure with a similar theme. The Gymnopédies are ethereal, atmospheric pieces regarded as precursors to modern ambient music; in fact, Brian Eno, the pioneering figure of ambient music, has cited Satie as a prime influence.

    February 16, 2007