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  • n. A mark or blemish in wood, plasterwork etc.

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    Boing Boing

  • March 1, 2007 at 11:51 am adding comment to my own post–this is the absolute cutest catface ever. evar.

    WHUT?! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • So yeah, he just got told by a fat chick wearing catface makeup and a car full of stoners that they'll be back.

    jaxraven Diary Entry

  • Finally got some of m'photos off the camera - it'll be a while before I've finished tweaking the catface pics to make 'em viewable rather than blurry or too-bright, so for now I'm just posting these pictures of some hand-art I did recently:

    jaxraven Diary Entry

  • He pointed to a 2008 undercover recording of Blagojevich telling his brother, Robert, then his campaign finance chief, that if he appointed Jackson, "some of this stuff has to start happening now." catface at 7:16 AM December 07, 2011

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • Meanwhile, @MayorEmanuel had no official response to the candidate's offer except that after complaining he was driving with a busted car radio, he tweeted Tuesday night, "I swear to (expletive) god, I will donate $2500 to the charity of your choice if you can come and fix this (expletive) radio." catface at 9:48 AM February 17, 2011

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  • Prosecutors, in a filing Monday, also described how Rezko withheld information from them, undercutting their investigation. catface at 6:54 AM November 22, 2011

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • (i.e. do not need staking) resistant to V, F1, F2, grey leafspot, resistant to blossom end rot, black shoulder, catface and cracking.

    2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics

  • catface buzzed up: Judge dismisses lawsuit against Hillary Clinton (AP) 25 seconds ago 2009-07-19T13: 07: 03-07: 00

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  • Pines in the southern US and elsewhere were/are scored repeatedly to collect pitch in tin or ceramic cups or pans, for processing into turpentine and/or other naval stores formerly used to caulk wooden ships to make them seaworthy. The seriate old wounds "heal" over and produce what are locally called catfaces. I first witnessed this process in Michoacan, Mexico in 1978 on a walking journey to the volcano Paricutin, and later in Florida in the form of scarred old pine trees, remains of fallen pine trunks lying in the forest, and ceramic and tin remnants of the containers once used to collect the pitch. Old driftwood-like remains of longleaf pines bearing catfaces and shattered bits of ceramic Hurdy cups the pitch was collected in are not uncommon in Florida woods.

    July 20, 2010

  • Ooh! *rubbing hands* Thanks for the link to the dialect dictionaries!

    December 30, 2008

  • Well, Grant Barrett's The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English has the tree and tomato sense, but restricting it to "catface napkin" doesn't find any relevant hits except this Morrison line. Aha! Too narrow! "catface cloth" finds a couple of US dialect dictionaries with the required sense "wrinkle in ironed cloth".

    December 30, 2008

  • No idea, but I often find some gem buried deep within the results on Google Books. :)

    December 30, 2008

  • Open her napkins wide as you please and not a catface anywhere.
    —Toni Morrison, Jazz

    What does this mean? Only in OED in the first sense below:

    A "catface" is an old wound on a tree trunk that is closing over.
    Florida Forest Health

    "Catface�? is a term for describing misshapen [tomato—qr.] fruit with scars and holes on blossom end.
    Common Problems for Vegetable Crops

    December 30, 2008