[soo-per-sil-ee-uh m]

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.

Nearby words

  1. superchurch,
  2. superciliary,
  3. superciliary arch,
  4. superciliary ridge,
  5. supercilious,
  6. supercity,
  7. superclass,
  8. supercluster,
  9. supercoil,
  10. supercollider

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

Word Origin and History for supercilium



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for supercilium



n. pl. su•per•cil•i•a (-ē-ə)

The eyebrow.
An individual hair of the eyebrow.

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