[ soo-per-sil-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əm /

noun, plural su·per·cil·i·a [soo-per-sil-ee-uh] /ˌsu pərˈsɪl i ə/. Architecture.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

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

Medicine definitions for supercilia

[ sōō′pər-sĭlē-əm ]

n. pl. su•per•cil•i•a (-ē-ə)

The eyebrow.
An individual hair of the eyebrow.
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