I get a bit excited about certain words. For example, I like the word MINION. It's a good word.
I thought I could put some of my favourite words into my A-Z blog.
So, today we have:
Brace yourselves - here's the Wiktionary definition:
ecdysiast (plural ecdysiasts)
An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper.
From Ancient Greek ἔκδυσις (ekdusis, “stripping”), from ἐκδύω (ekduō, “I take off”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) + δύω (duō, “I get in”)
(dancer who removes their clothes): exotic dancer, stripper
What I found fascinating was the related terms:
ecdysis (plural ecdyses)
The shedding of an outer layer of skin in snakes, crustaceans and insects; moulting.
ecdysone (plural ecdysones)
A hormone in insects and other arthropods that promotes molting.
Ah. So that's what it is. :)
How it came about, from Wikipedia:
H. L. Mencken is credited with coining the word "ecdysiast" – from "ecdysis", meaning "to molt" – in response to a request from Gypsy Rose Lee for a "more dignified" way to refer to her profession.
Are you ready for the accompanying picture of ecdysis?