[ek-diz-ee-ast, -ist] /ɛkˈdɪz iˌæst, -ɪst/

(def 3).
a facetious word for stripper (sense 1)

H.L. Mencken’s invented proper word for “strip-tease artist,” 1940, from Greek ekdysis “a stripping or casting off” (used scientifically with reference to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein “to put off” (contrasted with endyo “to put on”), from ek (see ex-) + dyein “to enter, to put on.”


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