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Image source: http://neozeitgeist.tumblr.com/post/15761145451/hope-you-all-are-aware-that-for-my-life-being

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Do these parts of the cheeks/face have a name? If not, how would you describe a florid face where these areas have gone especially red?

N.B. I'm trying to describe a drunk rather than a cute child.

  • To me, the circled areas are what I normally mean by cheeks. Underlying them are the cheekbones, where "high cheekbones" indicates that the "raised" part of the cheek is nearer the eyes than the mouth. – FumbleFingers Oct 23 '12 at 16:33
  • I'd call them erythematous: abnormally red because of capillary congestion (as in inflammation). – user21497 Oct 24 '12 at 1:16
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They are called the apples of the cheeks.

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Are you trying to say he has "rosy cheeks"?

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  • The cheeks appears to cover a lot more area than just the bits outlined in the image. Also, I'm trying to describe a drunk; rosy cheeks and prominent cheekbones are too complimentary IMO. – coleopterist Oct 23 '12 at 16:38
  • @coleopterist: In your context, you'd probably be better off describing the drunk as having a "red-veined nose". That would convey unhealthy, damaged without the positive connotations of red/rosy cheeks. – FumbleFingers Oct 23 '12 at 16:48
  • @FumbleFingers Thanks. I haven't come across that term before. I'm currently going with cauliflower nose. – coleopterist Oct 23 '12 at 16:54
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    @coleopterist: you may want to post another question for the nose (or research it some more). Cauliflower nose refers specifically to shape, not color. – Marthaª Oct 23 '12 at 17:36
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    @coleopterist: Also I see cauliflower nose can be the medical condition Rhinophyma (also called bulb nose)... often called alcohol nose in the vernacular and related incorrectly to excessive alcohol consumption. – FumbleFingers Oct 23 '12 at 17:59

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