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Lip

1. One of the two fleshy folds which surround the orifice of the mouth in man and many other animals. In man the lips are organs of speech essential to certain articulations. Hence, by a figure they denote the mouth, or all the organs of speech, and sometimes speech itself. Thine own lips testify against thee. (Jeb xv. 6)

2. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel.

3. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.

4. (Science: botany) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla. (b) The odd and peculiar petal in the orchis family. See orchidaceous.

5. (Science: zoology) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell. Lip bit, a pod auger. See auger. Lip comfort, comfort that is given with words only. Lip comforter, one who comforts with words only. Lip labour, unfelt or insincere speech; hypocrisy. Lip reading, the catching of the words or meaning of one speaking by watching the motion of his lips without hearing his voice. Lip salve, a salve for sore lips. Lip service, expression by the lips of obedience and devotion without the performance of acts suitable to such sentiments. Lip wisdom, wise talk without practice, or unsupported by 5a6 experience. Lip work. Talk. Kissing. Lip make a lip, to drop the under lip in sullenness or contempt. To shoot out the lip, to show contempt by protruding the lip.

Origin: oe. Lippe, as. Lippa; akin to D. Lip, g. Lippe, lefze, OHG. Lefs, dan. Laebe, Sw. Lapp, L. Labium, labrum. Cf. Labial.


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... ornamentation. The little bald spots look much more sophisticated, in my humble opinion, than the even covering of fur under an orangutan's lower lip.

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