- From the Ancient Greek φίλτρον (philtron), from φιλέω ("to love, to kiss"). (Wiktionary)
“She said that it was called the philtrum, that it was one of the places where the soul lived.”
“For some reason that made me Google "philtrum" -- I guess people must Google their "favorite body parts" -- and the incredibly weird thing is that it took me here.”
“Yet four members of the group shared a kind of family resemblance: they were stunted in stature, with small heads, flattened faces, drooping eyelids, and smooth upper lips lacking the groove known as a philtrum.”
“The right cheek, then the left, feeling for missed spots along the jaw line, and next the upper lip, the sides and that middle dent called the philtrum, and finally the fussy section, where most cuts occur, between the lower lip and the knob of the chin.”
“The interval between the two medial bands corresponds with the depression, called the philtrum, seen on the lip beneath the septum of the nose.”
“And, my favorite, the midline indentation in the upper lip, is termed the philtrum ` love potion. ”
“I also like philtrum, which is the vertical indentation above one’s upper lip.”
“The strangely stiff white ruff, rather coarsely painted, is a perfect foil for Rosalba's gorgeously lustrous eyes, philtrum and ringlets.”
“From Middle French philtre, from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron; akin to Greek philosophy dear.”
“A child lounging by his locker a few minutes after the late bell lashes out at me--I notice the thin upper lip, the erased philtrum, the impulsive behavior, all suggestive of prenatal alcohol exposure.”
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