orificial /awr'euh fish"euhl, or'-/, adj.
/awr"euh fis, or"-/, n.
an opening or aperture, as of a tube or pipe; a mouthlike opening or hole; mouth; vent.
[1535-45; < MF < LL orificium, equiv. to L or- (s. of os) mouth + -i- -I- + -fic-, comb. form of facere to make, DO1 (see -FIC) + -ium n. suffix]

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