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#84702 10/25/02 02:21 PM
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Years ago I had known a word defined as the cleft, or dimple, in the upper lip, directly below the nose. I knew this to be a useful word, particularly for artists, since this was a facial feature requiring considerable skill to express the thoughts or emotions of the person portrayed. I accidentally came across the word in an inverse dictionary after several years of searching through books of anatomy, art, etc. I now wonder if this is the only word describing this facial feature or had I known another synonomous word. Apparently the origin of the word, philtrum, is associated with the word, philtre, a love potion, because this feature was considered a particular mark of beauty and therefore capable of arousing love. Any info will be appreciated.


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welcome windar!
strangely enough, this word doesn't even register on many of the major online d's; when it does, it's with your definition.

still looking....



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The mid portion of the upper lip or prolabium is called "philtrum". The philtrum of
most persons has a vertical groove. This concavity can be used to hold perfumes or
a "Philtron" (Greek for "love potion").

From URL:http://www.consultsos.com/pandora/in210102.htm

Written by a physician who appears to be a serious scholar. Though with a few quidities.




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I now wonder if this is the only word describing this facial feature...

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Dear doc_comfort: I don't get it. What do some monks got to do with philtrum?


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Many thanks for the extensive reference.


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I don't get it. What do some monks got to do with philtrum?


There is a deeper meaning.


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they are the English words corresponding to the Italian "filtro".
Indeed, Philtre is not only a love potion, but a magic potion.
And, filter (of cigarette) and strainer refer to the same action (to clean , for example a liquid, passing inside).
And this happens often while cooking, or even preparing some magic potion.


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One of the more interesting philtra was that sported by Albert Einstein. In fact, it's preserved along with his brain (at Princeton, I guess), and is referred to as "the thinking man's philtrum."



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That's rather odd - my word origins dictionary states that filter is not in any way related to the Greek philos, meaning beloved ect. So which of these origins does philtrum belong to?


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