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[soo-per-sil-ee-uh m] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əm/
noun, plural supercilia
[soo-per-sil-ee-uh] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i ə/ (Show IPA).
the fillet above the cyma of a cornice.
(on an Attic base) either of the fillets above and below the scotia.
Origin of supercilium
1555-65; < Latin: eyebrow, haughtiness, equivalent to super- super- + -cilium eyelid, akin to cēlāre to conceal, English hull1, Greek kaliá hut, shrine; cf. -ium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As we have seen, the Roman 'Agrimensores' called these slopes or terraces 'supercilia.'

  • All the pent-up gall of years against the supercilia of the class from which she sprang surged in that moment to his lips.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
Word Origin and History for supercilia



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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supercilia 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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