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

Definition of physionotrace



  1. :  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) — more at physiognomy, trace

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capable of being understood in two ways

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