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lantern jaw

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noun

a distinctly protruding, often wide lower jaw.
a long, thin jaw.

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Origin of lantern jaw

First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from the fancied resemblance of the face to the shape of a lantern
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British Dictionary definitions for lantern jaw

lantern jaw

noun

(when plural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw) a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance
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Medical definitions for lantern jaw

lantern jaw
[ lăntərn ]

n.

A lower jaw that protrudes beyond the upper jaw.
A long, thin jaw that gives the face a gaunt appearance.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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