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adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. of or relating to the eyebrow.
  2. having a conspicuous line or marking over the eye, as certain birds.
  3. situated on the frontal bone at the level of the eyebrow.
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Origin of superciliary

First recorded in 1725–35; supercili(um) + -ary
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Historical Examples of superciliary

  • Glabella, the middle or frontal protuberance of the superciliary arch.

    A Manual of the Antiquity of Man

    J. P. MacLean

  • They have all large and tufted ears, and large eyes, with superciliary ridges rising higher than the forehead.

  • Facial portion of the skull longer and the superciliary ridges less projected forward than in S. entellus.

  • The principal projection to be removed is the superciliary ridge corresponding to the brow at the base of the forehead.

  • The superciliary ridge at the external angle of the brow extends really as much as three-quarters of an inch from the brain.

British Dictionary definitions for superciliary


  1. relating to or situated over the eyebrow or a corresponding region in lower animals
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Word Origin for superciliary

C18: from New Latin superciliaris, from Latin supercilium, from super- + cilium eyelid
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superciliary in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or being in the area of the eyebrow.
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