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pulchritude n : physical beauty (especially of a woman)

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Middle English pulcritude, from Latin pulchritudo, from pulcher, beautiful.


  • [ˈpʰʌɫkɹəˌtj̊uːd]


  1. Physical beauty.

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  • One participant recalls arriving at his Cocoa Beach motel on a Saturday evening with the Miss Universe contest on TV. To his wife's amazement, his interest in feminine pulchritude gave way to fatigue and he was asleep before the final selection.—Charles D. Benson and William Barnaby Faherty, Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations, NASA Special Publication 4204, 1978, ch. 4
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