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[ak-wuh-lahyn, -lin] /ˈæk wəˌlaɪn, -lɪn/
(of the nose) shaped like an eagle's beak; hooked.
of or like the eagle.
Origin of aquiline
1640-50; (< F) < Latin aquilīnus. See Aquila, -ine1
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[ak-wuh-lin-i-tee] /ˌæk wəˈlɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • His nose was aquiline, his forehead high and square, his chin massive.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • There was something so unyielding in the keen, aquiline nose and pointed chin.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Her eyes were large and deeply blue; her nose small, but high and aquiline.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • But except for the accident that both outlines were aquiline, they had little in common.

  • An aquiline nose is one hooked like the beak which belongs to an eagle.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • She had an eagle eye, an aquiline nose, an eagle flounce, and an eagle heart.

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
  • He had a vigorous, massive head, with aquiline nose, and mobile lips.

    Ionica William Cory (AKA William Johnson)
  • It was not an aquiline nose, nor was it an aquiline nose reversed.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The features were marked and aquiline, as was common to those of Norman blood.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for aquiline


(of a nose) having the curved or hooked shape of an eagle's beak
of or resembling an eagle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aquilīnus, from aquila eagle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aquiline

"curved like an eagle's beak," 1640s, originally in English in reference to long, hooked noses, from Latin aquilinus "of or like an eagle," from aquila "eagle," of uncertain origin, usually explained as "the dark bird;" cf. aquilus "blackish, of the color of darkness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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