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[rik-tuh s] /ˈrɪk təs/
noun, plural rictus, rictuses.
the gape of the mouth of a bird.
the gaping or opening of the mouth.
Origin of rictus
1750-60; < Latin: wide-open mouth, equivalent to rig-, variant stem of ringī to open the mouth wide + -tus suffix of v. action.
Related forms
rictal, adjective
subrictal, adjective Unabridged
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  • It's a stiff rictus of hatred, and pointy-headed at that.
  • At the meeting the editor tried to be affable and he even gave us his rictus of a smile.
British Dictionary definitions for rictus


noun (pl) -tus, -tuses
the gap or cleft of an open mouth or beak
a fixed or unnatural grin or grimace, as in horror or death
Derived Forms
rictal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from ringī to gape
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