From Latin.



fauces pl (plural only)

  1. (anatomy) The narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx, situated between the soft palate and the base of the tongue.
  2. (botany) The throat of a calyx, corolla, etc.
  3. (zoology) That portion of the interior of a spiral shell which can be seen by looking into the aperture.



  • Hurme, Pesonen, Syväoja, "Englanti-Suomi suursanakirja", →ISBN, 4th ed., 1993, page 426
  • "Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language", new rev. ed., 1994, →ISBN, page 702. Based on "The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, the Unabridged Edition", 2nd ed., 1993

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fauces in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Plural of faux, of unknown etymology.[1]



faucēs f pl (genitive faucium); third declension

  1. throat, pharynx, gullet
    • c. 77 CE – 79 CE, Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia 7.2.15:
      Et tamen omnibus hominibus contrā serpentēs inest venēnum: ferunt ictum salīvae ut ferventis aquae contāctum fugere; quod sī in faucēs penetrāverit, etiam morī, idque maximē hūmānī iēiūnī ōris.
      And still all people have a venom against snakes: they say that they avoid the attack of saliva like the touch of boiling water; and if it makes its way into the throat, they also die, and most of all in the case of that of a fasted human mouth.
  2. a narrow entrance, entry passage
  3. defile, gorge


Third-declension noun (i-stem), plural only.

Case Plural
Nominative faucēs
Genitive faucium
Dative faucibus
Accusative faucēs
Ablative faucibus
Vocative faucēs

The word is often plural, although a single instance of the nominative singular form faux is known.


  • English: fauces
  • Galician: fauces
  • Italian: fauci
  • Portuguese: fauce, foz
  • Spanish: fauces


  • fauces in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • fauces in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • fauces in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • fauces in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • fauces in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898
  • fauces in William Smith et al., editor, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin, 1890
  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel, Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008, →ISBN




  1. plural of fauce