cheekbone

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A side view of the skull, showing the cheekbone under the name zygomatic.

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From Middle English chekbon, from Old English ċēacbān (cheekbone), equivalent to cheek +‎ bone.

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cheekbone (plural cheekbones)

  1. The small prominent bone of the cheek.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      She was like a Beardsley Salome, he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.

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