Labret

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Labret (Anthropology) A piece of wood, shell, stone, or other substance, worn in a perforation of the lip or cheek by many savages.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n labret A piece of stone, bone, shell, or other material, inserted into the lip or into the cheek near the mouth, which is pierced for the purpose: an ornament or conventional symbol used by many savage races. It is sometimes held fast by the retraction of the edges of the wound, and is sometimes easily removable. Such ornaments often have a religious significance. They have been or are still used in western America, from Peru to the Arctic ocean, and also in Brazil and in central Africa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Labret lā′bret a piece of bone, shell, &c. inserted into the lip by savages for ornament
    • n Labret Lā′brum, a lip or lip-like part:—pl. Lā′bra
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. labrum, lip

Usage

In literature:

The labrets of the men are offset by the long pendant earrings of the women, which are made from H.B.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Among the means taken by these people to produce personal ornamentation that of tattooing the face and wearing a labret is the most noticeable.
"The First Landing on Wrangel Island" by Irving C. Rosse
Show him that you have money, Labret.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
They are a powerfully built people, who tattoo and wear labrets and rings in noses and ears.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Ladies of the greatest distinction wore the largest labrets.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
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