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mustache

[muhs-tash, muh-stash] /ˈmʌs tæʃ, məˈstæʃ/
noun
1.
the hair growing on the upper lip.
2.
such hair on men, allowed to grow without shaving, and often trimmed in any of various shapes.
3.
hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal.
4.
a stripe of color, or elongated feathers, suggestive of a mustache on the side of the head of a bird.
5.
something resembling a mustache, as food or drink adhering to the upper lip:
a mustache of milk.
Also, moustache.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French moustache < Italian mostaccio; see mustachio
Related forms
mustached, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mustached

mustache

/məˈstɑːʃ/
noun
1.
the US spelling of moustache
Derived Forms
mustached, adjective
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Word Origin and History for mustached

mustache

n.

1580s, from French moustache (15c.), from Italian mostaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion, diminutive of Doric mystax (genitive mystakos) "upper lip, mustache," related to mastax "jaws, mouth," literally "that with which one chews," from PIE root *mendh- "to chew" (see mandible).

Borrowed earlier (1550s) as mostacchi, from the Italian word or its Spanish derivative mostacho. The plural form of this, mustachios, lingers in English. Dutch slang has a useful noun, de befborstel, to refer to the mustache specifically as a tool for stimulating the clitoris; probably from beffen "to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue."

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