[ soo-per-sil-ee-uhm ]

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

Words Nearby supercilium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024