What does "copious visage" mean? It's not a typical usage of the word "copious". None of Wiktionary's meanings for the word seem to fit. Wells's Invisible Man

You must picture Mr. Thomas Marvel as a person of copious, flexible visage, a nose of cylindrical protrusion, a liquorish, ample, fluctuating mouth, and a beard of bristling eccentricity.

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The wording, though unusual in this combination, is meant literally. Look up "visage", "flexible" and "copious". The consider the nose, "a flexible protrusion", "ample mouth" and you'll find the meaning consonant with those phrases.

  • In what sense is "copious" used here? Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 11:12
  • @SergeyZolotarev large in quantity.
    – mdewey
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 16:28
  • How can visage (face expression) be "large in quantity"? Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 22:56

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