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rictus

[′rik·təs]
(vertebrate zoology)
The mouth aperture in birds.
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They even stood by with rictus grins when fruity old Sir Al started touching up the cricketers' wives and girlfriends at a tournament last year.
Bucky and Lee make a crack cop team until a horror is found in a weedy field: A young woman's corpse, the body sawed in half like a magician's trick gone wrong, her mouth sliced upward at the corners to form a hideous clown rictus. The woman, Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner), was a starlet and sultry "innocent", the kind of good-time girl who landed auditions but not roles, and the investigation into her killing leads to what are supposed to be the shadiest corners of Hollywood.There are lesbian bars--more than one!
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.
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.
Where'd you get'm?' 'Africa!' says the parrot." 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. Is the evidence grisly proof of premature burial?
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.