lineament

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From Latin lineamentum, from linea (line): compare French linéament.

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lineament (plural lineaments)

  1. Any distinctive shape or line etc.
  2. ​A distinctive feature that characterizes something, especially the parts of the face of an individual.
    • 1927, John Crowe Ransom, Dead Boy
      A pig with a pasty face, so I had said,
      Squealing for cookies, kinned by poor pretense
      With a noble house. But the little man quite dead,
      I see the forbears' antique lineaments.

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