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rictus n : a gaping grimace

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From rictus, participle of ringor "open the mouth wide"


  1. A bird's gaping mouth
  2. Any open-mouthed expression
    his face was a rictus of sheer delight


  • 2001 — Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 56
    It squinted at her through the hated light, its brow a rictus of pain and fear.

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