Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An object inserted in the lip as an ornament, as is customary among many savage races; a labret.

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Examples

  • The most disagreeable thing in the appearance of the women was their lip-ornament, consisting of a ring of ivory or tin, either hollow or made into a cup, inserted in the upper lip.

    The Personal Life Of David Livingstone

  • Dr. Livingstone used to give full particulars of this fearful practice, having the idea that the taste of ladies at home in dress and ornament was not free from similar absurdity; or, as he wrote at this time to the Royal Geographical Society of Vienna, in acknowledging the honor of being made a corresponding member, “because our own ladies, who show so much virtuous perseverance with their waists, may wish to try lip-ornament too.”

    The Personal Life Of David Livingstone

  • Society of Vienna, in acknowledging the honor of being made a corresponding member, "because our own ladies, who show so much virtuous perseverance with their waists, may wish to try lip-ornament too."

    The Personal Life of David Livingstone

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