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[soo-per-sil-ee-uh m]
noun, plural su·per·cil·i·a [soo-per-sil-ee-uh] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i ə/. Architecture.
  1. the fillet above the cyma of a cornice.
  2. (on an Attic base) either of the fillets above and below the scotia.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • As we have seen, the Roman 'Agrimensores' called these slopes or terraces 'supercilia.'

    The English Village Community

    Frederic Seebohm

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

Word Origin and History for supercilia



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

supercilia in Medicine


n. pl. su•per•cil•i•a (-ē-ə)
  1. The eyebrow.
  2. An individual hair of the eyebrow.
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