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labret

[ley-bret]
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noun
  1. an ornament worn in a pierced hole in the lip.

Origin of labret

1855–60; < Latin labr(um) lip + -et
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Historical Examples

  • The worst adjectives he applied to the labret were "singular" and "curious."

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    Ella Higginson

  • Cook reported that both sexes wore the labret; but this was doubtless an error.

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    Ella Higginson

  • One old woman still retained the labret, but it was only a shadow of the former labrets in size.

  • The Haidahs formerly wore the nose- and ear-rings, or other ornaments, and the labret in the lower lip.

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    Ella Higginson

  • The labret in the lower lip, or ladle, as he termed it, wore unbearably upon his fine nerves.

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    Ella Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for labret

labret

noun
  1. a piece of bone, shell, etc; inserted into the lip as an ornament by certain peoples

Word Origin

C19: from Latin labrum lip
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Word Origin and History for labret

n.

ornament inserted into a lip, 1843 (first reference is to Eskimo men), from Latin labrum "lip" (see labrum) + -et, as in anklet, bracelet, etc.

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