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#5: Callipygian 

Definition:

having shapely buttocks

Example:

"His most prominent work, however, was on the cover of book jackets, where his signature images were of strikingly fierce, hard-bodied heroes and bosomy, callipygian damsels in distress." – From an Obituary of Frank Frazetta by Bruce Weber and Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, May 10, 2010

About the word:

Callipygian comes from the Greek words for "beautiful" and "buttocks." Calli- (spelled in Greek as kalli-, meaning "beautiful") also appears in the word calligraphy, while pyges ("buttocks") turns up in the less-complimentary steatopygia, naming excessive development of fat on the buttocks.

Photo: Peter Rivera / flickr

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