noun noun: physiognomy; plural noun: physiognomies
a person's facial features or expression, especially when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin. "friends began to notice a change in his physiognomy"
the supposed art of judging character from facial characteristics. "a world where physiognomy was a respected practice"
the general form or appearance of something. "the physiognomy of the landscape"
Origin late Middle English: from Old French phisonomie, via medieval Latin from Greek phusiognōmonia ‘judging of a man's nature (by his features)’, based on gnōmōn ‘a judge, interpreter’.