brow ridge

variants: or less commonly browridge \ ˈbrau̇-​ˌrij How to pronounce brow ridge (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 features a thick brow ridge and large square eye sockets. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 June 2021 The head began to take shape, the brow ridge, the nose, the ears, the curls. New York Times, 25 June 2021 For me, the face started looking vaguely human about halfway through (at around 1:20), although the brow ridges are still much too prominent and the nostrils and mouth far too wide. Quanta Magazine, 27 Mar. 2020 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,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 25 Jan. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of brow ridge

1881, in the meaning defined above

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brow ridge

\ ˈbrau̇-ˌrij \
variants: also browridge

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