The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance: "a short man with ... the physique of a swimmer" (John le Carré).
[French, physical, physique, from Latin physicus, of nature, from Greek phusikos, from phusis, nature; see bheuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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