mustache

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From French moustache, from Italian mostaccio, from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustákion), diminutive of (Doric) Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mústaks, upper lip), from Proto-Indo-European *mendʰ- (to chew).

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mustache (plural mustaches)

  1. A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, chapterIV:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”

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