- an opening or aperture, as of a tube or pipe; a mouthlike opening or hole; mouth; vent.
Origin of orifice
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Examples from the Web for orifices
The sexes are united, and the orifices situated on the right side of the neck.The Ocean World:
There is not a trace of murmur to be found in connection with the valves and orifices.The Lettsomian Lectures 1900-1901
J. Mitchell Bruce
The animal is attached, the body coriaceous, and the orifices four-lobed.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
All are situated about the orifices of the follicles and glands of the skin.
Some of the orifices of this labyrinth of passages were left exposed by the low tides.Toilers of the Sea
- mainly Technical an opening or mouth into a cavity; vent; aperture
C16: via French from Late Latin ōrificium, from Latin ōs mouth + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for orifices
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- An opening, especially to a cavity or passage of the body; a mouth or vent.
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