Definition of steatopygia in English:

steatopygia

Pronunciation: /stēˌatə-//ˌstēətəˈpijēə/

noun

  • Accumulation of large amounts of fat on the buttocks, especially as a normal condition in the Khoikhoi and other peoples of arid parts of southern Africa.

    • ‘Why is steatopygia absent among, for example, hunting-gathering Australian aborigines?’
    • ‘The word steatopygia comes from the vocabulary of an early pseudoscience which aimed to prove the superiority of the white race.’
    • ‘What seems certain is that steatopygia in both sexes was fairly widespread among the early races of man.’
    • ‘Some scholars believe that a big bottom is a natural adaptation for survival, and that steatopygia was advantageous in the unpredictable African tropical environment.’
    • ‘The steatopygia was seen as a pronounced, localized accumulation of fat or fatty-fibrous tissue on the upper part of the buttocks.’
    • ‘Rather than relying on official scientific publications, however, Cuvier relied on travelers' accounts of the apron and the steatopygia.’

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek stear, steat- tallow + pugē rump.

Pronunciation:

steatopygia

/stēˌatə-//ˌstēətəˈpijēə/