from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In decorative art, a human face more or less grotesque, as of a satyr or faun, most commonly in relief, much in use among the Romans and in the revived classic styles of the sixteenth century and later.


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  • A grotesque face on a door-knocker. Everyone's seen and used them, but I'll bet you didn't know there was a word for this. Not only does it have a remarkable sound, but it's the sort of thing that really ought to have a word. Related to mask, mascaron may ultimately derive from the Arabic maskharah, a jester or man in masquerade. (From The Phrontistery)

    June 11, 2008