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The Collaborative International Dictionary

faux \faux\ (f[add]ks), n.; pl. fauces (f[add]"s[=e]z). [L.] See Fauces.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"throat, gullet," 1540s, from Latin fauces "throat, gullet." Related: Faucal; faucial.\n


n. 1 (context anatomy English) The narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx, situated between the soft palate and the base of the tongue. 2 (context botany English) The throat of a calyx, corolla, etc. 3 (context zoology English) That portion of the interior of a spiral shell which can be seen by looking into the aperture.


n. the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx

Fauces (architecture)

Fauces is an architectural term given by Vitruvius to narrow passages on either side of the tablinum, through which access could be obtained from the atrium to the peristylar court in the rear (Vitr. Arch. ). Fauces (faucēs -ium, f. meaning a narrow opening in various contexts) is the Latin word for entrance hall, this is where the owner of the house would try to impress his visitors by a large beautiful mosaic on the floor of the entrance hall, some people would have mosaics of animals guarding their homes, this was quite common.


Fauces may refer to:

  • Isthmus of the fauces
  • Fauces (architecture)

Usage examples of "fauces".

FORM Through the lowering of the pillars of the fauces, which is the same as raising the soft palate, the outflowing breath is divided into two parts.

When the soft palate is raised high behind the nose, the pillars of the fauces are lowered, and this frees the way for the main stream of breath to the head cavities.

The French, on the contrary, always sing and speak nasally, with the pillar of the fauces raised high, and not seldom exaggerate it.

The pillars of the fauces must necessarily be relaxed by this action of the soft palate.

SECTION XIX EXTENSION OF THE COMPASS AND EQUALIZATION OF REGISTERS The whole secret of both consists in the proper raising and lowering of the soft palate, and the pillars of the fauces connected with it.

The larynx must rise and descend unimpeded by the tongue, soft palate and pillars of the fauces rise and sink, the soft palate always able more or less to press close to the hard.

At first there is a severe, scalding sensation of the tongue, mouth, and fauces, with pain, which is sometimes intense.

Schrader speaks of a person from whose mouth and fauces after a debauch issued fire.

His voice had become guttural, but examination of the fauces was negative.

Hashimoto, Surgeon-General of the Imperial Japanese Army, tells of a woman of forty-nine who was in the habit of inducing vomiting by irritating her fauces and pharynx with a Japanese toothbrush--a wooden instrument six or seven inches long with bristles at one end.

Influenza, causing adhesions of the posterior pillars of the fauces, has given rise to anosmia.

They walked, their progress down the Fauces Suburae somewhat eased by the Decumius sons, who shuffled ahead to blaze a path through the accumulating snow.

Caesar himself led his perfect white bull from his house down the Fauces Suburae and the Argiletum.

By the time he reached the Fauces Suburae his heart was thudding, and every part of him wanted to turn uphill, ride at the gallop to his home to make sure his family was unharmed.

As he made his way from the civilized Argiletum to the Fauces Suburae, as the initial stretch of the main thoroughfare was known, Bomilcar was incapable of taking in anything beyond smell and dirt.