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 (fĭz′ē-ŏg′nə-mē, -ŏn′ə-mē)
n. pl. phys·i·og·no·mies
1. Facial features.
a. The art of judging human character from facial features.
b. Divination based on facial features.
3. Aspect and character of an inanimate or abstract entity: the physiognomy of New England.

[Middle English phisonomie, from Old French phisionomie, from Late Latin physiognōmia, from Greek phusiognōmiā, variant of phusiognōmoniā : phusio-, physio- + gnōmōn, gnōmon-, interpreter; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

phys′i·og·nom′ic (-ŏg-nŏm′ĭk, -ə-nŏm′ĭk), phys′i·og·nom′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phys′i·og·nom′i·cal·ly adv.
phys′i·og′no·mist n.
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Filon seems to have a complete command of all the physiognomic details of old France, of old Paris and its people--how they made a holiday; how they got at the news; the fashions.
In summary, the LMEB, with physiognomic and floristic similarities to the lower montane evergreen broad-leaved forest in mainland southeast Asia, is part of the later; the SWEB and UMEB, which have the highest ratio of Sino-Himalayan and Chinese endemic species in their floristic compositions, are unique in southwestern China, although the UMEB has similar physiognomic features to the upper montane forest in tropical Asia.
I argue that the features that make Andre Sanou's portrait mask genre so popular--celebrating specific individuals who are visually identifiable by their physiognomic likeness--are the same ones that make the genre controversial.
The show began with a pair of "physiognomic vases," a recurrent trope of Patella's: marble vessels whose contours delineate a double human profile.
From that point forward, the preferred method of physiognomic examination was head-to-toe.
This sketch, finished with bold, broad washes of watercolour, illustrates as well as any drawing of a human subject the artist's powers of physiognomic observation.
(14) If Hall thought he saw physiognomic similarities between the Inuit and Mongols, the individual who made the Bristol record and likely saw the three people Frobisher had brought back possibly also conflated the Inuit with people of 'Catay' in the kind of thinking typical of early modern English descriptions of non-English ethnic groups (such as, for example, the use of the word 'moor' to describe peoples from regions as distinct as India, the Middle East, and Africa).
Therefore, discrimination of the vegetation physiognomic characteristics is relevant to tracking the changes in vegetation structure and composition, thus understanding the vegetation responses to changes in environmental conditions.
A physiognomic analysis for the combined sites revealed the flora consisted of 77 (21.6%) woody species, 202 (56.8%) herbaceous forbs and vine species, 74 (20.8%) graminoid species (grasses and sedges), and three (0.8%) ferns and allies.
The flora, fauna and the rainforest ecosystem adapted to sites and turbulence, risks and uncertainties by means of a species richness, dynamic physiognomic diversity, genetic heterogeneity and plasticity, dynamically fluctuating a, p and y species diversities as basis for adequate ecosystem elasticity, resilience, resistance, anti-fragility and repair capacity.
We were able to identify the lichens harvested ranked according to their physiognomic type of each species.