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[fil-truh m]
noun, plural phil·tra [fil-truh] /ˈfɪl trə/.
  1. Anatomy. the vertical groove on the surface of the upper lip, below the septum of the nose.
  2. a philter.
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Origin of philtrum

1600–10; < Latin: love philter < Greek phíltron love philter, dimple in upper lip. See phil-, -tron
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Historical Examples

  • The rich Philtra now forsook Bracidas for the richer brother, and Lucy, seeing herself forsaken, jumped into the sea.

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1

    The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

  • Amidas and Philtra claimed the chest as their right, and the dispute was submitted to sir Ar'tegal.

British Dictionary definitions for philtra


noun plural philtra
  1. the indentation above the upper lip
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, see philtre
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Word Origin and History for philtra



dimple in the middle of the upper lip, 1703, medical Latin, from Greek philtron, literally "love charm" (see philtre).

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philtra in Medicine


n. pl. phil•tra (-trə)
  1. The vertical indentation in the midline of the upper lip.infranasal depression
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