noun ric·tus \ˈrik-təs\

Definition of RICTUS

:  the gape of a bird's mouth
a :  the mouth orifice
b :  a gaping grin or grimace

Origin of RICTUS

New Latin, from Latin, open mouth, from ringi to open the mouth; akin to Old Church Slavic rǫ mockery
First Known Use: 1827

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with RICTUS


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