from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mask made to cover the upper part of the face, and used for disguise, as at masquerades, and also for protection from the sun's rays, by ladies in the eighteenth century.


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  • A boy had picked out a white "Phantom of the Opera" half-mask.

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  • “Good, Pascal,” she whispered, and set him on the floor, pulling the half-mask down over her face.

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  • Chino, usually the servant of the Comic Father or the Merchant, is willowy and mischievous, with a black half-mask, with slanted eye holes, with red-and-yellow diamond-figured tights and pullover.

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  • What would the Timid Captain be if he did not, beneath his long-nosed half-mask, have those fierce mustaches to twirl, the formidable wooden sword dragging behind him?

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  • I cinched up my hood, pulled down the half-mask, and looked around.

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  • The woman wore a half-mask made of peacock feathers that spread out over the top of her head, leaving only her eyes to pierce through like gleaming stones.

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  • Chang wiped his mouth and spat, his blood-smeared jaw like the painted half-mask of a red Indian or a Borneo pirate, and his bone-weary voice from another world altogether.

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  • Some twenty feet away stood a shapely woman in a dark dress, her hair tied back with ribbon and her face obscured by a half-mask of black feathers.

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  • Flaüss wore a plain black half-mask across his eyes.

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  • Looked at my wall of masks 2 and selected the skull half-mask as the best for the evening.

    and they called him Santa Claws....


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