Definition of brille
: a transparent, disc-shaped, immobile scale that covers the eye of most snakes and geckos Like snakes, geckos can't close their eyes, which are protected by a transparent scale, or brille (from the German for spectacles) that is regularly shed and replaced along with the skin. — Richard Milner, Natural History, November 2000
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Origin and Etymology of brille
borrowed from German Brille, literally, “spectacle, eyeglass,” going back to Middle High German berille, barille (masculine singular) “beryl, rock crystal,” (used in reliquaries, monstrances, etc., to magnify objects), borrowed from Latin bēryllus beryl
First Known Use: 1903See Words from the same year
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