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A detailed description of a person's physical characteristics in mainly anthropometric terms, especially one of a type used in the identification of criminals.
Early 20th century. From French portrait parlé, lit. ‘spoken portrait’ from portrait + parlé, use as adjective of past participle of parler.
portrait parlé/ˌpɔːtreɪt ˈpɑːleɪ//ˌpɔːtreɪ pɑːˈleɪ/
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