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steatopygia Line breaks: steato|pygia
Pronunciation: /ˌstɪətə(ʊ)ˈpɪdʒɪə/

Definition of steatopygia in English:


[mass noun]
Accumulation of large amounts of fat on the buttocks, especially as a normal condition in the Khoikhoi and other peoples of arid parts of southern Africa.
Example sentences
  • The steatopygia was seen as a pronounced, localized accumulation of fat or fatty-fibrous tissue on the upper part of the buttocks.
  • Rather than relying on official scientific publications, however, Cuvier relied on travelers' accounts of the apron and the steatopygia.
  • What seems certain is that steatopygia in both sexes was fairly widespread among the early races of man.


Pronunciation: /ˌstɪətə(ʊ)ˈpʌɪɡəs/ /ˌstɪəˈtɒpɪɡəs/
Example sentences
  • Until more historical work is done, possible relationships between cultural constructions of the sodomitical body and those of the steatopygous African woman will remain a matter of speculation.
  • She went on her way, her grass skirt swinging rhythmically, resembling one of those steatopygous statues in anthropological museums.
  • In the Paleolithic period, steatopygous figures may have suggested fertility, because of the necessity of certain levels of body fat required for procreation.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek stear, steat- 'tallow' + pugē 'rump'.

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