from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A prim or pursed-up mouth. [Rare.]
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Maud with her sweet purse-mouth when my father dangled the grapes,
Bartley bowed to the Willett and Witherby ladies, and shook hands with Mr. Witherby, a large, solemn man, with a purse-mouth and tight rings of white hair, who treated him with the pomp inevitable to the owner of a city newspaper in meeting a country editor.
O dear my son, spare not blows to thy child, [FN#26] for the beating of the boy is like manuring to the garden and binding to the purse-mouth and tethering to the cattle and locking to the door.