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

[From ecdysis.]
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(Professions) a facetious word for stripper1
[C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist]
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(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.
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a strip tease dancer.
See also: Performing
a striptease performer or exotic dancer.
See also: Dancing
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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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Highly entertaining docu "A Wink and a Smile" provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping--as taught by fan dancer extraordinaire Miss Indigo Blue, headmistress of Seattle's Academy of Burlesque, and illustrated onstage by the city's foremost ecdysiasts, from Inga Ingenue to Ernie von Schmaltz.
Made up of five Canadian ecdysiasts (the technical term for performers who shed clothes to music) the Society has been wowing crowds across North America since 1997.