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calisthenics

blending and clipping; noun
exercises, stretches, probably like yoga in the morning
 
used to contrast "prayers", used in a negative connotation.
Etymology : formed on model of French callisthenie, from Greek kallos "beauty" + sthenos "strength" + -ics. [OED]
Source : 10/17/2011 - Crude World by Peter Maass “The color of their skin was new to the Bedouin, as was the behavior of these interlopers, who started the day not with prayers but, sometimes, with calisthenics.”
Last modified: 2 December 2011


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