Mouths are a part of the anatomy constituting the first portion of the alimentary canal that receives food and saliva. In addition to its primary role as the beginning of the digestive system, in humans the mouth also plays a significant role in communication. While primary aspects of the voice are produced in the throat, the tongue, lips, and jaw are also needed to produce the range of sounds included in human language. Another non-digestive function of the mouth is its role in secondary social and/or sexual activity, such as kissing and other sexual purposes involving sucking and blowing.
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- Some asked me where the rubies grew,
And nothing I did say,
But with my finger pointed to
The lips of Julia.
- Robert Herrick, The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls. reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 534.
- Lips are no part of the head, only made for a double-leaf door for the mouth.
- John Lyly, Midas. reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 534.
- He had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
- Divers philosophers hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth.
- Her lips were red, and one was thin,
Compared to that was next her chin,
(Some bee had stung it newly).
- Sir John Suckling, A Ballad Upon a Wedding, Stanza 11. reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 534.
- With that she dasht her on the lippes,
So dyed double red;
Hard was the heart that gave the blow,
Soft were those lippes that bled.
- William Warner, Albion's England (published 1612), Book VIII, Chapter XLI, Stanza 53.
- As a pomegranate, cut in twain,
White-seeded is her crimson mouth.
- Oscar Wilde, La Bella Donna della Mia Mente.