Lips have been objects of fascination for a myriad of poets, painters, and lovers.

Poets have described lips using metaphors and similes. Their poetic accounts compare and analogize lips as being linked with rose petals, pomegranates, and beetroots. Why beetroots? Stop kink-shaming.

Painters have depicted lips within a variety of their artistic tradition. Modern, abstract, surreal, Dadaist, whatever you call them, lips are omnipresent within such disciplines of work. One can also wander around Hindu temples in Kathmandu and witness what lips do as reflected on the many wooden carvings used within those temples.

And finally, our dear lovers. They perhaps do not simply play the role of lovers but also those of poets and painters. They are, for a lack of words, connoisseurs of lips. One need not say more about them. Our lips would lack the words to label them with.

But how would a linguist or a lexicographer think about lips?

I thought about it for a moment and to find the exact answer, I googled the term ‘lips’.

“either of the two fleshy parts which form the upper and lower edges of the opening of the mouth”


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