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rictus

[′rik·təs]
(vertebrate zoology)
The mouth aperture in birds.
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And when Bartoli looked to the Royal Box for inspiration, there was no Pierce Brosnan, just the rictus grin of Margaret Thatcher and a slightly smug looking Terry Wogan.
With rictus smiles and humping hips, Koresh's dancers broadcast a knife-sharp sexiness as they moved through a dizzying range: from folk-dance parody through vacant, clubby frenzy to a kind of Hasidic ecstasy, all danced to the sinuous, Levantine sounds of Romany music.
Tannis Burnett as Alice is a hoot as her groaner laugh lines inspire in every family member a dread-induced rictus and the rote, ``Oh, Alice
From the moment Ellen Lauren --in a severe black dress, skin-stretching hairdo and alarming rictus grin--makes her entrance from the front of the house to deliver an academic "lecture" to her captive audience, we know we're in for a demanding experience.
For the duration of her act I'd sit in rictus at the back of the Ha
Gary Condit flashed his rictus of a smile while resisting all pressure to say publicly what he knew about the intern's disappearance.
In the days before high-tech medicine, it was a creepily common story: A grave is opened for one reason or another and found to contain a corpse with contracted limbs, torn clothing, abraded fingers, and a horrified rictus.
The natural defense against the progress of euphemism--hypocrisy is a less attractive word for it--is the arrogant double-think of irony: a "set, ironic rictus," Mr.
Demented with your face locked like a skull rictus on automatic smile, waiting for the laugh release that never comes.
Medusa Unwound (1993), portrait of the artist with snaky hair, rictus of rage and cherry-red protruding tongue, surrounded by female figures ranging from the Kilpeck sheela-na-gig to a bather from Ingres's Le Bain Turc, verges on caricature.
His blank eyes have rolled back into their sockets from the rictus of epileptic delirium.
Mad Max: Fury Road" also stars Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class") as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne ("Mad Max", "Sleeping Beauty") as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones ("Conan the Barbarian") as Rictus Erectus.