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1940, in the meaning defined above
ecdysi(s) + -ast
Word originated by H.L. mencken; for his account of the coinage and reaction to it, see The American Language: Supplement I (New York, 1945), pp. 584-87.
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“Ecdysiast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecdysiast. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.
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