physionotrace

noun phys·i·on·o·trace \ ˌfizēˈänə‧ˌtrās \

Definition of physionotrace

plural -s
:a device used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to trace the profile of a sitter with chalk or white crayon on a red paper, the image being then completed in black or white crayon

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Origin and Etymology of physionotrace

French, from physiono- (from physionomie facial features, from Middle French phisonomie, physionomie facial features, physiognomy) + -trace (from tracer to trace, draw)


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