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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒs.tɹəʊˈbɒɡ.jʊ.ləs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɑs.tɹəˈbɑɡ.jə.ləs/
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- Hyphenation: os‧tro‧bog‧u‧lous
- (humorous) Slightly risqué or indecent; bizarre, interesting, or unusual.
- 1951, Arthur Calder-Marshall, The magic of my youth, R. Hart-Davis, 1951, →ISBN, page 31:
- "The Beast and the Devil tried to hold a serious business conversation, but Vickybird kept chipping in with questions of a purely 'ostrobogulous'* nature until Crowley became so enraged that he turned Vickybird into a zebra, rode him into a zoo, where he remained for two years before regaining human shape."
- 1982, Charles Richard Johnson, Oxherding:
- A tissue of ostrobogulous lies, he calls them.
- 1990, Jean Overton Fuller, The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuberg: a biography:
- He would speak of an ostrobogulous tale or a passage in the classics.
- OED (online) 2004