phys·i·og·no·my (fĭz′ē-ŏgnə-mē, -ŏnə-mē)
n. pl. phys·i·og·no·mies
1. Facial features.
a. The art of judging human character from facial features.
b. Divination based on facial features.
3. Aspect and character of an inanimate or abstract entity: the physiognomy of New England.
[Middle English phisonomie, from Old French phisionomie, from Late Latin physiognōmia, from Greek phusiognōmiā, variant of phusiognōmoniā : phusio-, physio- + gnōmōn, gnōmon-, interpreter; see gnō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
phys′i·og·nomic (-ŏg-nŏmĭk, -ə-nŏmĭk), phys′i·og·nomi·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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