noun tao–ti·eh \¦tau̇tē¦ā\

Definition of tao–tieh



  1. :  an often conventionalized figure of a mythical animal's face appearing as a decorative motive on very ancient objects of Chinese art and possibly intended as a warning against gluttony

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Origin and Etymology of tao–tieh

Chinese (Pekingese) t'ao1-t'ieh4

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