[fey-shee-eez, -sheez]
noun, plural facies.
general appearance, as of an animal or vegetable group.
Geology. the appearance and characteristics of a sedimentary deposit, especially as they reflect the conditions and environment of deposition and serve to distinguish the deposit from contiguous deposits. Compare metamorphic facies.
Medicine/Medical. a facial expression characteristic of a disease or pathological condition.
Archaeology. a distinctive phase of a prehistoric cultural tradition.

1350–1400, for an earlier sense; Middle English < Latin: form, figure, appearance, face, akin to facere to make

subfacies, noun, plural subfacies.
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facies (ˈfeɪʃɪˌiːz)
n , pl -cies
1.  the general form and appearance of an individual or a group of plants or animals
2.  the characteristics of a rock or series of rocks reflecting their appearance, composition, and conditions of formation
3.  med See Hippocratic facies the general facial expression of a patient, esp when typical of a specific disease or disorder
[C17: from Latin: appearance, face]

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facies fa·ci·es (fā'shē-ēz', -shēz)
n. pl. facies

  1. Face.

  2. The appearance or expression of the face, especially when typical of a certain disorder or disease.

  3. The general aspect or outward appearance, as of a given growth of flora.

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facies   (fā'shē-ēz', -shēz)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural facies
    1. A body of sedimentary rock distinguished from others by its lithology, geometry, sedimentary structures, proximity to other types of sedimentary rock, and fossil content, and recognized as characteristic of a particular depositional environment.

    2. For a metamorphic rock, the particular combination of pressure and temperature under which metamorphism occurred.

  1. The general aspect or makeup of an ecological community, especially a local modification of a community characterized by a conspicuous or abundant species that is absent or less concentrated in other locations.

  2. The appearance or expression of the face, especially when typical of a certain disorder or disease.

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Example sentences for facies
These facial characteristics have subsequently be termed as being known as potter facies.
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