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Having a short stocky physique.

[From Greek puknos, compact.]

pyk′nic n.
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) (of a physical type) characterized by a broad squat fleshy physique with a large chest and abdomen
[C20: from Greek puknos thick]
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(ˈpɪk nɪk)

1. (of a physical type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure.
2. a person of the pyknic type.
[1920–25; < Greek pykn(ós) thick + -ic]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pyknic - having a squat and fleshy build; "a pyknic practical joke"
fat - having an (over)abundance of flesh; "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"
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Thus, he concluded that there is an "affinity" between the pyknic type and the cyclothymic-cycloid-manic-depressive, and between the asthenic and the athletic types and schizothymic-schizoid-schizophrenia (Kretschmer 1925:206-218).
Apart from classificatory and comparative concepts, the contemporary philosophy of language also distinguishes so-called "(proto)type concepts." One of Franz von Kutschera's examples may serve to illustrate this: the term "pyknic" represents such a type concept.
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