rictus


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rictus

(rĭk′təs)
n. pl. rictus or ric·tuses
1. A gaping grimace: "his mouth gaping in a kind of rictus of startled alarm" (Richard Adams).
2.
a. The expanse of an open mouth or a bird's beak.
b. The corner of the mouth or the fleshy area where the upper and lower mandibles of a bird meet.

ric′tal adj.

rictus

A facial contortion or grimace of pain.

rictus

the expanse of the open mouth, or gape, in an animal, or the throat of the calyx in a flower.
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The rictus of indifference issues soothing blandishments.
At which point Mel would always go slightly glazed, put on a rictus grin and ask "Got any pets?
While epic failure Susanna Reid adopted her "good sport" rictus grin, Norton deadpanned: "So Kylie left The Voice.
I'm exhausted just thinking of the time and effort that must go into working out what she is going to wear and then there's the rictus grin that's essential when faced with the barrage of photographers who attend these events.
I'm exhausted just thinKing of the time and effort that must go into worKing out what she is going to wear and then there's the facial rictus grin that's essential when faced with the barrage of photographers who attend these events.
Ese aire severo, ese gesto frio ese rictus duro que constituye una de las caracteristicas mas visibles de su personalidad exterior, se torna todavia mas aspero apenas escucha hablar del sacerdote jesuita.
Eric sported a menacing rictus grin thanks to the huge white fangs painted around his mouth.
Thankfully, she's not required to talk much in the ad, her role largely confined to pointing her coyote rictus at excitable moppets and singing with that incredible, incongruous, luxurious voice of hers.
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Not for her a life in hubby's shadow, mouth shut and rictus smile intact.
The rictus smiles fixed to the faces of senior council officials and councillors said it all.