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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.
A recently published collection of articles focuses upon a relatively small group of texts dealing mainly with astronomical calculations and omens as well as physiognomic omens, attempting to use these as a basis for reconstructing ancient Jewish science in the Persian and Hellenistic periods.
These forests have almost the same forest profile and physiognomic characteristics as equatorial lowland rain forests and are a type of true tropical lowland rain forest (Zhu, 1997; Zhu et al.
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).
Acacia radiana ; Ricinus communis ; Acacia cyanophylla ; Solanum sp; Robinia pseudoacacia are allochthonous species that arrive to play a physiognomic role in communities, and contributes to the procession of hygrophilous associated species such as (Typha latifolia ; Juncus maritimus ; Arundo donax ; Carex sp).
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.
A detailed physiognomic analysis revealed that the native species consisted of 38 woody species, 155 herbaceous vines or forbs, 33 graminoids, and one fern ally.
Michaux used this neologism to describe the abandonment of any residual mimeticism in painting, the elimination of any physiognomic features in a portrait.
The vegetation of Ndumo Game Reserve, Natal: A quantitative physiognomic survey.
Based on the previous considerations it is expected that each physiognomic group of macrophytes and the limnetic zone exhibit a unique or at least diverse fauna composition due to differential habitat architecture.