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Today's Word "rictus"

A gaping grin on

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rictus \RIK-tuhs\ (noun) - 1 : The gape of the mouth, as of birds. 2 : A gaping grin or grimace.

"Nathan's mouth contorted in a rictus of terror as he watched the thing from the swamp shamble slowly towards him."

Rictus is from Latin rictus, "the open mouth," from ringi, "to show the teeth."

 

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