- 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/.
Origin of t'ao t'ieh
From the Chinese word tāotiè
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