from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The thin, flat muscle forming the wall of the cheek.

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  • n. a thin broad muscle forming the wall of the cheek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A muscle of the cheek; -- so called from its use in blowing wind instruments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the trumpeter's muscle; a thin flat muscle forming the wall of the cheek, assisting in mastication, and also in blowing wind-instruments (whence its name).
  • n. The specific name of the trumpeter swan of North America, Cygnus buccinator.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin buccinātor, trumpeter (from its being the chief muscle used in blowing), from buccinātus, past participle of buccināre, to blow a horn, from būcina, buccina, horn, trumpet; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin, a trumpeter, from bucinare to sound the trumpet.


  • Dave pulls out a drawer labeled Cygnus buccinator and there they are, just as I remembered them, their legs folded up next to their heads, a lamentation of swans.

    The Memory Palace

  • Of special interest are the whooping crane Grus americana (EN), the nationally threatened bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, and trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator.

    Yellowstone National Park, United States

  • A small population of trumpeter swan Olor buccinator, a rare species in Canada, nests on Yohin lake.

    Nahanni National Park Reserve, Canada

  • Other species include marbled murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus, trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator, and golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos.

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States

  • Without the help of the epicranius, zygomaticus, triangurlis, quadratus labii, buccinator and platysma, Little Red Riding Hood would have been little more than a silhouette through closed eyelids.

    Muscles Part 2

  • These include trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator and peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, both considered vulnerable in Canada.

    Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness Park, Canada

  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, he explained, owed the signature ballooning of his cheeks to the buccinator muscles.

    Body of Knowledge

  • The analogy to Gillespie was apt, he continued, because buccinator is the name of the long trumpets used to herald royalty in the Roman Empire.

    Body of Knowledge

  • Bacon wished to be the buccinator or herald of a new world, and his true greatness consists precisely in this function of his as herald.


  • From above comes the elevator of the angle of the mouth; from the region of the cheek-bone slant downwards the two _zygomatics_, which carry the angle outwards and upwards; from behind comes the _buccinator_, or trumpeter's muscle, which simply widens the mouth by drawing the corners straight outward; from below, the depressor of the angle; not to add a seventh, sometimes well marked, -- the "laughing muscle" of Santorini.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863


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  • A thin, flat muscle lining the cheek, the action of which contracts and compresses the cheek.

    I like the etymology: 1665–75; buccin�?tor, būcin�?tor, trumpeter, equiv. to būcin�?(re), to signal on a trumpet (v. deriv. of būcina, curved trumpet or horn) + -tor. :-)

    August 5, 2009