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t'ao t'ieh

[tou tye] /ˈtaʊ ˈtyɛ/
noun
1.
the face of a mythical animal with a gaping mouth appearing as a motif in ancient Chinese art.
Also, Pinyin, tao tie
[tou tyoe] /ˈtaʊ ˈtyɒɛ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
< Chinese tāotiè
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