Origin: OE. Mouth, mu, AS. M; akin to D. Mond, OS. M, G. Mund, Icel. Mur, munnr, Sw. Mun, Dan. Mund, Goth. Muns, and possibly L. Mentum chin; or cf. D. Muil mouth, muzzle, G. Maul, OHG. Mla, Icel. Mli, and Skr. Mukha mouth.
1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.
5. Cry; voice.
7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow. "Counterfeit sad looks, Make mouths upon me when I turn my back." (Shak) Down in the mouth, chapfallen; of dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged. Mouth friend, one who professes friendship insincerely. Mouth glass, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or teeth. Mouth honor, honor given in words, but not felt. Mouth organ.
Pan's pipes. See Pandean. An harmonicon. Mouth pipe, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the escaping air and make a sound. To stop the mouth, to silence or be silent; to put to shame; to confound. "The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped." (Ps. Lxiii. 11) "Whose mouths must be stopped." (Titus i. 11)
(01 Mar 1998)
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