Marie of Romania (miss_daizy) wrote in 1word1day,
Marie of Romania
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pandiculation [pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuhn]

(n.)

:the act of stretching and yawning
:: a stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep)

Etymology

1640–50; L pandiculāt to stretch oneself, deriv. of pandere to stretch

Usage:

As an experiment in group dynamics Jessica's pandiculation led to a mass yawning amongst all the members of her congregation. However, since that day's sermon was particularly tedious, she was uncertain of the accuracy of the results.
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