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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.
Its vegetation shows a remarkable physiognomic variation from grassland to woodlands (Oliveira & Marquis 2002).
As a case in point, I am not entirely convinced by a description of the progression f#-g-e-d at the end of a phrase of Satie's Ogives as "das Quartmotiv in der Physiognomic des achten Psalm-tones" (p.
An examination of the lichens list reveals that all physiognomic of the categories are represented among the phorophyte at each of the study stations.
Ego-boosters such as physiognomic face-changing templates, designer eyes, false memory implants, and alternate realities are available as well.
The uplift of the Andes started 65 Ma ago with plate subduction along the Pacific coastline, and it represents a geologic milestone explaining most of the current climatic and physiognomic characteristics of the Amazonian forests; although other aspects of Amazonian vegetation physiognomy also relate to even deeper-time factors.
In this system, physiognomic schemata might reveal standardized personality types (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, etc.
Clearly, Hoch still believed in a physiognomic reading of character (the humors are evoked and the faces of humans and animals are superimposed), even as she also mocked this antiquated version of social psychology.
Anne may believe that she intuits Wentworth's reactions from physiognomic clues like "glance[s] of his bright eye" and "curlfs] of his handsome mouth" (ioo), but when she attempts to infer from such clues his feelings toward herself, she misreads as often as not.
A physiognomic analysis reveals that the native species consist of 42 woody species, 65 herbaceous vines or forbs, 27 graminoids, and two ferns.
The Mask and the Face: The Perception of Physiognomic Likeness in Life and in Art.
Because our tamarisk sites were very nearly monocultures and our residential sites were dominated with thick canopy cover but sparse understory-plantings, these sites may have lacked the physiognomic and floristic diversity described by Walker (2008).