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 (ĕk-dĭz′ē-ăst′, -əst)
A striptease artist.

[From ecdysis.]


(Professions) a facetious word for stripper1
[C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist]


(ˈstrɪp ər)

1. a person or thing that strips.
2. a person who performs a striptease.
3. a chemical solution that removes varnish, paint, etc., from a surface.


a strip tease dancer.
See also: Performing
a striptease performer or exotic dancer.
See also: Dancing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecdysiast - a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to musicecdysiast - a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
performer, performing artist - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
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