: having the face white in whole or in part
used especially of an animal otherwise dark in color
: having a wan pale face

Examples of white-faced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The living animals seized included sacred ibises, white-faced capuchins, tortoises and Burmese pythons, while the 28 dead animals included an alligator, a mandrill and a green-winged macaw, according to a search warrant. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 Flocks of white-faced ibises flew overhead, their long beaks and legs stretched elegantly against the sky. Brooke Jarvis, New York Times, 31 May 2023 The study, published today in Science Advances, adds to another recent finding that Brazilian white-faced capuchin monkeys also produce stone flakes. Byvirginia Morell, science.org, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of white-faced was in 1570

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“White-faced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-faced. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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