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false face

n.
A mask that is fashioned after the face of an animal or a human, especially such a mask carved from wood and used in the rituals of an Iroquois secret society.
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Noun1.false face - a mask worn as part of a masquerade costumefalse face - a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
fancy dress, masquerade costume, masquerade - a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
mask - a covering to disguise or conceal the face
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