calvity

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin calvitium (baldness), from calvus (bald).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

calvity (plural calvities)

  1. (uncountable) Baldness.
  2. An area of skin that has become bald.
    • 1972, Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain,
      He wore his own hair – what there was left of it: short tight curls round a shining calvity, though he was in his thirties, no more – and he looked like one of the fatter, more jovial Roman emperors […].

Usage notesEdit

  • (baldness): The synonymous form calvities is more common. Though one appears to be the other's plural, in fact both forms are uncountable.
Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 12:06