Pronunciation: (fā'shē-ēz", -shēz),[key] —n., —pl.fa•ci•es. 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.