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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a short stocky physique.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short, thickset person characterised by thick neck, large abdomen and relatively short limbs; a mesomorph.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a squat and fleshy build


From Greek puknos, compact.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πυκνός (puknos, "thick"). (Wiktionary)


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