gymnopaedia

noun gym·no·pae·dia \-ˈpēdēə\
variants: or

gymnopedia

\-ˈpēdēə\

Definition of gymnopaedia

plural

-s

  1. :  a choral dance of religious origin performed by naked youths at ancient Greek festivals

gymnopaedic

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gymnopaedia

New Latin, from Greek gymnopaidia, from gymno- gymn- + paidia childish play, amusement, game (from paizein to play, sport, from paid-, pais child) — more at foal


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