brow ridge


variants or less commonly browridge
: 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 This more or less refers to such physical features as a lack of brow ridges, less-sloped forehead, and smaller teeth that humans have compared to Neanderthals. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 While these differences are subtle—such as less prominent brow ridges on T. mcraeensis—this can often be the case for differences between species, the study authors note. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 The fossils include a partial frontal bone, including brow ridge, from the cranium, and the shaft of a shin bone, from Tam Pà Ling, a cave in northern Laos. Ryan McRae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Anthropologists have frequently remarked on the decreasing brow ridges, shortening faces and shrinking heads of humans throughout the Paleolithic. Brian Hare, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 Studies have shown that over the past 80,000 years, our faces have shortened and our brow ridges and brains have shrunk. Byvirginia Morell,, 3 Apr. 2023 What Are Eyebrows For? A 2018 study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution parsed why early hominins’ brow ridges were so much larger and more rigid than modern humans’ ridges. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2023 Yet for naturalists of Schaafhausen's age, such a heavy brow ridge implied not the advanced refinement of European civilization, but wild savagery. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2010 Spectacularly complete and beautifully preserved, Skull 5 doesn't look much like the other four crania, with its massive brow ridge and robust, protruding face. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brow ridge was in 1881

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“Brow ridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


brow·​ridge ˈbrau̇-ˌrij How to pronounce browridge (audio)
: a prominent ridge on the bone above the eye caused by sinuses in the skull

Medical Definition

brow ridge

variants also browridge
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