from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anthropology, the character of being brunette.
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If in the same community there were a slight vital advantage in brunetness, we should expect to find that type slowly aggregating in the cities; for it requires energy and courage, physical as well as mental, not only to break the ties of home and migrate, but also to maintain one's self afterward under the stress of urban life.
Austria offers confirmation of the same tendency toward brunetness in twenty-four out of its thirty-three principal cities.
It is not improbable that there is in brunetness, in the dark hair and eye, some indication of vital superiority.
City populations appear to manifest a distinct tendency toward brunetness -- that is to say, they seem to comprise an abnormal proportion of brunet traits, as compared with the neighboring rural districts.