retromingent

retromingent

(ˌrɛtrəʊˈmɪndʒənt; ˌriːtrəʊ-)
n
(Zoology) an animal that urinates backwards
adj
slang cowardly, not brave
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ret•ro•min•gent

(ˌrɛ troʊˈmɪn dʒənt)
adj.
1. urinating backward because of bodily configuration: The lion is a retromingent animal.
n.
2. a retromingent animal.
[1645–55; retro- + Latin mingent-, s. of mingens, present participle of mingere to urinate]
ret`ro•min′gen•cy, n.
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