from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The eyebrow.
  • noun In ancient architecture, the upper member of a cornice; also, the small fillet on either side of the scotia of the Ionic base.
  • noun In entomology, an arched line of color partly surrounding an ocellus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The eyebrow, or the region of the eyebrows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The eyebrow, or the region of the eyebrows
  • noun The arch of hair above each eye

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the arch of hair above each eye


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  • Nemo in severissima Stoicorum familia qui non barbam quoque et supercilium amplexibus uxores submiserit, aut in ista parte a reliquis dissenserit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • -- A more robust and thick-set animal than the two last; deep, woolly, black fur; no white supercilium nor white round the face.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • -- "This species is generally recognisable by its pale yellowish, almost white hands and feet, by the grey, almost white, supercilium, whiskers and beard, and by the deep black of the rest of the pelage."

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • Another is praised for the masses of her dark hair: _Frons nimirum coronata, supercilium nigrata_.

    Wine, Women, and Song Mediaeval Latin Students' songs; Now first translated into English verse

  • "Yes, I know very well Monk calls you his friend, but he has too penetrating an eye not to have a memory, and too lofty a brow not to be very proud, you know, _grande supercilium_."

    The Vicomte De Bragelonne

  • It has a heavier bill than either of the Yellowlegs and the supercilium goes back of the eye.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The sides of their breasts are almost always the same colour as their topside, and they usually have a lighter supercilium ("eyebrow") with brownish cheeks.

    The Guardian World News

  • Latin had terms for ` eyebrow 'and ` eyelid' that were the sources of the French ones (Lat supercilium and palebra), but ` eyelash 'evidently caused trouble.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • Pokorny, echoing predecessors, suggested that cilium meant the lower lid and supercilium the upper (553).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • There is a broad white supercilium in front, joining the white area of the sides of the face, so that the brown of the nose is reduced to a rather narrow band; ears almost naked, a few short whitish hairs near the edge only; whiskers nearly all white; a few of the upper hairs brown near the base; feet white above, naked beneath, tail light brown above, whitish beneath; towards the end a band of darker brown hairs runs along the upper portion, those at the end lengthened; but there is

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon


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