mustache definition

  • noun:
    • hair growing in the human top lip, particularly when cultivated and groomed.
    • Something similar to the cultivated, groomed tresses in the person upper lip, as:
    • A group of bristles or hairs about the mouth of an animal.
    • unique color or feathers near the beak of a bird.
    • Food or take in sticking conspicuously toward top lip: wiped the milk mustache from my face.
    • an improvement of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
    • That the main beard which grows regarding upper lip; hair left developing above the lips.
    • A West African monkey (Cercopithecus cephus). It has yellow whiskers, and a triangular blue mark-on the nose.
    • Any conspicuous stripe of color quietly of the head, underneath the eye of a bird.
    • A stain or discoloration in the upper lip of people.
    • The beard worn on the upper lip of men; the unshaven locks of the top lip: frequently used in the plural, like hair on each region of the lip had been becoming considered to be a mustache.
    • . An extended ringlet dangling next to the face, part of a woman's head-dress within the seventeenth century.
    • In zoology:
    • Hairs or bristles like a mustache; whiskers; rictal vibriss√¶ mystaces.
    • A mystacine, malar, or maxillary stripe of shade in a bird's plumage.
    • an unshaved growth of tresses from the top lip

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