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lantern jaw

a distinctly protruding, often wide lower jaw.
a long, thin jaw.
Origin of lantern jaw
1690-1700; so called from the fancied resemblance of the face to the shape of a lantern Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lantern-jaw

lantern jaw

when plural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw. a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance
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lantern-jaw in Medicine

lantern jaw lan·tern jaw (lān'tərn)

  1. A lower jaw that protrudes beyond the upper jaw.

  2. A long, thin jaw that gives the face a gaunt appearance.

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