See also: mouché



French mouche. Doublet of Musca.


mouche (plural mouches)

  1. A soul patch, especially in a historical (pre-modern) context.
    • 1908, Everybody's Magazine, page 252:
      They lent him a worn aspect which not even a fiercely erect little mustache and a tiny mouche beneath the lower lip could counteract.
    • 1921, Elizabeth Douglas Van Buren, Figurative terra-cotta revetments in etruria and Latium: in the VI. and V. centuries B.C., page 9:
      The hair and beard are represented by a plastic mass : the mouche under the lower lip radiates outward and the moustache consists of two separate strands ending in spirals.
    • 2006, Linda M. Scott, Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism, Macmillan (→ISBN), page 203:
      In the colonial period, the taste for red lips and cheeks came and went, as did fashions for mouches and wigs.
    • 2014, Jack B. Rochester, Madrone, Wheatmark, Inc. (→ISBN)
      LA is very thin, wears a thin mustache and a tiny beatnik mouche under his lower lip. His brown hair is shoulder length. Mike is surfer-blond, like Ricky in Germany; his hair is shorter, accentuating his somewhat pudgy countenance.


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From Middle French mousche, from Old French mousche, musche, from Latin musca, from a Proto-Indo-European root *mus-, *mu-, *mew-.


  • IPA(key): /muʃ/
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mouche f (plural mouches)

  1. fly (insect)
  2. bullseye (center of a target)
  3. (historical) a spy employed by the ancien régime to seek out subversive ideas
  4. (Louisiana) bee
    Synonym: mouche à miel
  5. soul patch, mouche (narrow beard descending from lower lip)

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  • English: mouche
  • Portuguese: muche
  • Turkish: muş



  1. first-person singular present indicative of moucher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of moucher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of moucher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of moucher
  5. second-person singular imperative of moucher


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mouche f (plural mouches)

  1. Alternative spelling of muche