from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An athletic contest usually limited to women in which each contestant participates in the following seven track and field events: 200-meter and 800-meter runs, 100-meter hurdles, shot put, javelin throw, high jump, and long jump.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an athletic contest comprising seven events; contested mostly by women, for whom this is an Olympic sport.


hept(a)- + (dec)athlon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
hepta- + -athlon (Wiktionary)



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