Definition of pyknic in English:

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pyknic

Pronunciation: /ˈpiknik/

adjective

Anthropology
Relating to or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to be fat.
Example sentences
  • One's physical or bodily shape can be classified into the pyknic type, the muscular type and the intermediate type.
  • Instead of the pyknic or compact extreme, Sheldon found a round and soft one.

Origin

1920s: from Greek puknos 'thick' + -ic. The word was first used by German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964) in his tripartite classification of human types (the other two being asthnic and athletic).

Words that rhyme with pyknic

picnic

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pyk·nic

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