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A dimple in the cheek that comes with smiling. Greek gelasinos; gelan, to laugh. Sampson Lennard in his translation (1612) of Charron's WISDOME, spoke of the cheeks somewhat rising, and in the middle the pleasant gelasin. Also gelastic, risible, causing or related to laughter. Both, naturally, are pronounced with a soft g. Sampson Lennard had a prescription: My friendly pill, he said (WORKS; 1704) causes all complexions to laugh or smile . . . which it effects by dilating and expanding the gelastic muscles, first of all discover'd by myself.
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