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From retro- (backwards) + past participle of Latin mingō (I urinate).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɛtɹə(ʊ)ˈmɪndʒənt/


retromingent (plural retromingents)

  1. (obsolete) An animal that urinates backwards, such as the camel, hippo or raccoon.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.17:
      I confess by reason of the postick and backward position of the feminine parts in quadrupedes, they can hardly admit the substitution of a protrusion, effectuall unto masculine generation; except it be in Retromingents, and such as couple backward.



retromingent (comparative more retromingent, superlative most retromingent)

  1. (not comparable) That urinates backwards; also used of such urination.
    • 1958, Lawrence Durrell, Mountolive:
      It sat down at last and, as if to express once and for all its disenchantment with the whole sum of canine existence, delivered itself of a retromingent puddle on the beautiful Shiraz.
    • 2006, Danny Baker, "When the spit hits the fan", The Times, 17 Apr 2006:
      "Additionally, camels are retromingent animals, and so spectators would be advised to beware not only of flying saliva but of pitched urine as well."
  2. Cowardly.

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