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ventripotent Line breaks: ven|tripo|tent
Pronunciation: /vɛnˈtrɪpət(ə)nt/

Definition of ventripotent in English:


1Having a large belly.
Example sentences
  • We see the insect, which was clear−sighted, become blind; it loses its feet, to recover them later; its slender body becomes ventripotent.
  • A battalion of solid metaphysicians, reinforced by a tribe of tittering harridans and three companies of ventripotent buffoons, venture a daring sally.
  • After a little, shaggy, ventripotent Pan will grow jealous, and ravish you away from me, as he stole Syrinx from her lover.
1.1Having a large appetite; gluttonous.
Example sentences
  • He was a ventripotent Apicius, a real epicure; one who boasted that he never wasted his appetite on a joint.
  • Never was seen such voracity since the days of the ventripotent Heliogabalus.
  • General Savage, an elderly gourmet, a ventripotent Apicins, an epicurian Heliogabalus, very cynical, and awfully churlish, thought that the pill, despite of its gilding, was too bitter to swallow


Early 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin ventripotent-, from Latinventer 'belly' + potent- 'being powerful, being able', from the verb posse.

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