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callipygian

Do you want a callipygian figure? Try adding squats and lunges to your exercise routine. Believe it or not, callipygian means "having a shapely rear end."

Callipygian comes from the combination of the two ancient Greek words for "beauty" and "buttocks" and was famously used to name a statue of the Greek Goddess of Love, the so-called Aphrodite Kallipygos, who raises her robe to reveal her backside. If you're interested in learning more about Greco-Roman beauty standards, you can view a Roman copy of the statue at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

Definitions of callipygian
  1. adjective
    pertaining to or having finely developed buttocks
    “the quest for the callipygian ideal”
    synonyms: callipygous
    shapely
    having a well-proportioned and pleasing shape
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