Unfortunately a big nose is a family characteristic.
Sentimentality seems a characteristic of all the writers of that period.
The male bird displays several characteristics which distinguish him from the female.
Orwell gives the animals human characteristics and we can identify with them. (First Certificate in English; B2; Greek)
Grey stone is characteristic of buildings in that area.
With characteristic generosity, she offered to pay for us all.
But to be honest, food is the only feature which will stay as a characteristic aspect of a country. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; German)