Pronunciation: (fā'shē-ēz", -shēz), [key]
1. general appearance, as of an animal or vegetable group.
2. Geol.the appearance and characteristics of a sedimentary deposit, esp. as they reflect the conditions and environment of deposition and serve to distinguish the deposit from contiguous deposits. Cf. metamorphic facies.
3. Med.a facial expression characteristic of a disease or pathological condition.
4. Archaeol.a distinctive phase of a prehistoric cultural tradition.
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