from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An accumulation of fat on the buttocks of certain Africans, especially Hottentot women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A remarkable accretion of fat upon the buttocks of Africans of certain tribes, especially of Hottentot (Khoikhoi) women.
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- noun archaic A remarkable
accretionof fatupon the buttocksof Africansof certain tribes, especially Hottentotwomen.
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The hideous deformity known as steatopyga, or hypertrophy of the buttocks, occurs among South African
There is a tendency to the development of steatopyga, so characteristic of Arabs and other African tribes; and it is probable that the interior Boers in another century will become in color what the learned imagine our progenitors, Adam and Eve, to have been.
To appreciate the passage, bear in mind that the Hottentots are the people among whom excessive posterior corpulence (steatopyga) is especially admired as the acme of physical attractions.
After that marked peculiarity of female negroes, they swell about the waist, and have that large development behind, which, in polite language, is called steatopyga.