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An ornament inserted into a perforation in the lip.

[Latin labrum, lip; see leb- in Indo-European roots + -et.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a piece of bone, shell, etc; inserted into the lip as an ornament by certain peoples
[C19: from Latin labrum lip]
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(ˈleɪ brɛt)

an ornament worn in a hole pierced in the lip.
[1855–60; < Latin labr(um) lip + -et]
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She is wearing a labret (lip ornament), indicating high rank.
As MacDonald explains it, the third in the sequence, dogfish, "signifying a woman with a labret, in memory of a woman who was carried off by a dogfish and became one of them." The point at which the dorsal fin of the dogfish emerges from the pole is marked by a human face, and the tail of the dogfish is held in the beak of the raven (crest two).
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