rictus

noun ric·tus \ ˈrik-təs \
Updated on: 3 May 2018

Definition of rictus

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

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Origin and Etymology of rictus

New Latin, from Latin, open mouth, from ringi to open the mouth; akin to Old Church Slavonic rǫgŭ mockery

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