Hourglass figure  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Glossary of shapes with metaphorical names, female body shape

A human body shape resembling an hourglass, i.e. with a very narrow waist. What the French call a taille de guêpe, which literary translates as wasp waist.

The Hourglass shape or hourglass figure, the one that resembles an hourglass. If one takes two copies of a shape wide at one end that narrows to the other end and connects them symmetrically by the narrow ends, the resulting shape is usually called an "hourglass shape". In other words, an hourglass shape is a (nearly) symmetric shape wide at its ends and narrow in the middle. Some flat shapes may be alternatively compared to the figure eight or hourglass. The classical female body shape is often compared to an hourglass.

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