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rictus

Definition:

a gaping grimace

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plurals:

rictus* | rictuses
(* rictus may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

New Latin, from Latin, open mouth, from ringi to open the mouth; akin to Old...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural] | rictal [adjective, derived]

the gap or cleft of an open mouth or beak | a fixed or unnatural grin or grimace, as in horror or death (22 of 331 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rictus

Merriam-Webster:

rictus

the gape of a bird's mouth | the mouth orifice ; a gaping grin or grimace (15 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rictus

Oxford Dictionary:

rictus | rictal [derived]

a fixed grimace or grin (5 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rictus

American Heritage Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural] | rictal [adjective, related]

The expanse of an open mouth, a bird's beak, or similar structure. | A gaping grimace (15 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

A bird's gaping mouth | Any open-mouthed expression (7 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rictus

New World Dictionary:

rictus | rictal [adjective, related]

a sustained gaping, as of a bird's beak or an animal's mouth | the opening so produced | a fixed, gaping grin (20 of 36 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rictus

Random House Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

the gape of the mouth of a bird. | the gaping or opening of the mouth. (15 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rictus

Wikipedia:

Gape | gape flange

the interior of the open mouth of a bird and the gape flange is the region where the two mandibles join together, at the base of the beak. The width of the gape can be factor in the choice of food. Gapes of juvenile altricial birds are often brightly ... (49 of 653 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gape

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gape [intransitive] | gaped [past tense] | gaping [present participle] | gapes [3rd-person singular present]

to look at something or someone with your mouth open because you are very surprised | to open wide, or to be wide open (23 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gape

Cambridge Dictionary:

gape [entry 1]

to look in great surprise at someone or something, especially with an open mouth (14 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gape 1

gape [entry 2]

to be or become wide open (6 of 19 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gape 2

Encarta Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

a fixed open-mouthed grin or grimace, especially an expression of horror | the gape of a bird's beak (17 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702677​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

rictus

First use: 1827

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, open mouth, from ringi to open the mouth; akin to Old Church Slavic rǫgŭ mockery

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rictus

Oxford Dictionary:

rictus

First use: early 19th century

Origin: Latin, literally "open mouth", from rict- "gaped", from the verb ringi

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rictus

New World Dictionary:

rictus

Origin: Modern Latin from Latin, open mouth from past participle of ringi, to gape

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rictus

Wiktionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

Origin: Latin rictus, participle of ringor ("open the mouth wide")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rictus

Collins Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

First use: 18th century

Origin: from Latin, from ringī to gape

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rictus

American Heritage Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

Origin: Latin, from past participle of ringī, to gape.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rictus

Encarta Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Latin from past participle of ringi "gape"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702677​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rictus"

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the Free Dictionary:

rictus

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "rictus"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "rictus"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "rictus" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

rictus | rictuses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rictus"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rictus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rictus"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rictus​01 word=rictus

YourDictionary Audio:

rictus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rictus" by speech synthesizer

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