[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.

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. 2018

Word Origin and History for supercilium

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

supercilium 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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