a. Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment.
From Abdera, a town in Thrace, of which place Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher, was a native.
A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.
New Latin, from Greek borborugmos, of imitative origin.
1800, from Gk. kallipygos, name of a statue of Aphrodite, from kalli-, combining form of kallos "beauty" + pyge "rump, buttocks." Sir Thomas Browne (1646) refers to "Callipygæ and women largely composed behinde."
1. Botany To open at definite places, discharging seeds, pollen, or other contents, as the ripe
capsules or pods of some plants.
2. Medicine To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
From Latin dehīscere : dē-, de- + hīscere, to split, inchoative of hiāre, to be open.
The action of a horse, when, to get rid of his rider, he rears, plunges, and kicks furiously.