brow ridge

noun
variants: or less commonly browridge \ ˈbrau̇-​ˌrij How to pronounce browridge (audio) \

Definition of brow ridge

: a prominence of the frontal bone above the eye caused by the projection of the frontal air sinuses

Examples of brow ridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skull had a prominent brow ridge, a larger area below the eye sockets, and — most distinctively — a bulge at the back that resembles hair tied in a bun. Stephanie Demarco, latimes.com, "210,000-year-old skull in Greece is earliest sign of modern humans in Europe or Asia," 10 July 2019 Cottonmouths have vertical pupils and facial pits, and when viewed from above, their eyes aren't visible because of their brow ridges. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Snake safety urged after water moccasin lurking outside Florida man’s home bites him," 10 July 2019 The younger one, called Apidima 2, was Neanderthal, with a thick brow ridge, and dated to about 170,000 years ago. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Fossil Suggests Earliest Known Movement of Humans Out of Africa," 10 July 2019 The result showed the face of a typical Neanderthal, jutting from the skull and complete with protruding brow ridges. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Skull fragment from Greek cave suggests modern humans were in Europe more than 200,000 years ago," 10 July 2019 Some have focused on possible hormonal changes, trying to understand why humans today have skulls that lack the large brow ridges and thicker bone of our fossil ancestors. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Typically, cisgender women have softer and rounder foreheads while cisgender men have prominent brow ridges that shadow the eyes. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Hominins had pronounced brow ridges, but modern humans evolved mobile eyebrows as their face shape became smaller. Katy Scott, CNN, "Why warriors in New Guinea used human bones as formidable daggers," 5 May 2018 The cavernous eye sockets sat beneath a bulging brow ridge; the domed roof seemed more oblong and less rounded than a human’s. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Identify New Species? For Neanderthals, It Was All About Timing and Luck," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of brow ridge

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Brow ridge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brow%20ridge. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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brow ridge

noun
\ ˈbrau̇-ˌrij\
variants: also browridge

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