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supercilium

[soo-per-sil-ee-uh m] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əm/
noun, plural supercilia
[soo-per-sil-ee-uh] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i ə/ (Show IPA).
Architecture
1.
the fillet above the cyma of a cornice.
2.
(on an Attic base) either of the fillets above and below the scotia.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin: eyebrow, haughtiness, equivalent to super- super- + -cilium eyelid, akin to cēlāre to conceal, English hull, Greek kaliá hut, shrine; cf. -ium
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Examples from the web for supercilium
  • supercilium, often indistinct, is paler than crown and auriculars.
  • The shiny has a more marked dark eye line and paler supercilium, giving it a more striking face pattern.
  • Juveniles have a redder crown and a more obvious supercilium.
  • It is smaller than sparrows and lacks a pale supercilium.
Word Origin and History for supercilium
n.

1560s, Latin, literally "eyebrow, ridge, summit; haughtiness" (see supercilious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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supercilium in Medicine

supercilium su·per·cil·i·um (sōō'pər-sĭl'ē-əm)
n. pl. su·per·cil·i·a (-ē-ə)

  1. The eyebrow.

  2. An individual hair of the eyebrow.

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