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1. Of, relating to, or being in the area of the eyebrow: the superciliary arch of the frontal bone.
2. Located over the eyebrow or the eye: a superciliary patch of color.

[New Latin superciliāris, from Latin supercilium, eyebrow; see supercilious.]


(ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪərɪ) or


1. (Anatomy) relating to or situated over the eyebrow or a corresponding region in lower animals
2. (Zoology) relating to or situated over the eyebrow or a corresponding region in lower animals
[C18: from New Latin superciliaris, from Latin supercilium, from super- + cilium eyelid]


(ˌsu pərˈsɪl iˌɛr i)

1. of or pertaining to the eyebrow.
2. having a marking over the eye, as certain birds.
3. situated on the frontal bone at the level of the eyebrow.
[1725–35; < Latin supercili(um) eyebrow, haughtiness (super- super- + -cilium eyelid)]
References in classic literature ?
A tall young man, with light hair, clear gray eyes, and thin and compressed lips, dressed in a blue coat with beautifully carved gold buttons, a white neckcloth, and a tortoiseshell eye-glass suspended by a silken thread, and which, by an effort of the superciliary and zygomatic muscles, he fixed in his eye, entered, with a half-official air, without smiling or speaking.
His profile, although of a very ordinary outline, had something powerful and severe about it; his eyes sparkled beneath a very deep superciliary arch, like a light in the depths of a cave; and beneath his cap which was well drawn down and fell upon his nose, one recognized the broad expanse of a brow of genius.
MOST trainers would be absolutely delighted at coming off the dreaded cold list after 61 days without a winner, but Chris Gordon had mixed feelings when Superciliary was returned the 25-1 winner of the 2m11/2f handicap hurdle.
These granular scales are located between the supraoculars and superciliary scales, and the count included all scales anterior to the suture line between the third and fourth supraoculars (Walker et al.
Both faces show the same conventions: a high and clear forehead, well defined superciliary arches, closed eyes, long straight nose connected to the forehead, a small mouth made by a short straight incision, and a curved chin.
Rothschild' s (1903:78) original description was: "Upper surface dark ashy brown, fading to an earthy brown; ear-coverts and lores dark brown, a pale grey superciliary line; chin and upper throat whitish, neck grey, rest of underside ashy brown, on the breast with one, on the abdomen and flanks with two or three narrow white bars; tail uniform brown; quills and under wing-coverts brown, barred with white.
Ocular tubercle with pair of costate-granular superciliary carinae, protruding slightly above median ocelli.
In the same way the upper branches of the facial nerve were stimulated 2 cm anterior to the tragus lobe and the response recorded with a specific AMG probe (eye adapter) at the medial part of the superciliary arch.
Superciliary caused a 25-upset when coming from the rear to land the 2m11/2f handicap hurdle and reward backers who got on at the high of 150.
Ten morphological traits were measured on males and females: total tail length (TTL, cloaca to tip of tail); head length (HL, dorsal line front front tip of prenraxilla to back edge of parietal section of head); head width (HW, cheek region behind angle of jaws on one side to cheek region on other side); occipital horns length (OHL, front the base of these horns to tip); temporal horns length (THL1 and THL2, base to tip of these horns); superciliary scales length (SSL, base of these scales to tip); distance between the occipital horns (DOH, tip to tip of these horns); distance between superciliar scales (DSS, tip to tip of these scales); number of scales in the lateral fringe (SLF, total scales on left and right sides).
The distinct black vest, combined with the light superciliary stripe and dark facial markings, clinched the identification.
48 times carapace length; anterior and superciliary carinae continuous, strong, granulose; anterior margin of carapace straight, rimmed with row of coarse granules, with < 10 macrosetae; linear array of 3-5 lateral eyes on each side, bordered with row of granules; central median carinae moderate, granulose; central lateral and posterior median carinae strong, granulose, fused into continuous keel; posterior margin of carapace rimmed with continuous row of granules, joined to posterior median carinae; lateral flanks of carapace steeply sloped; intercarinal areas studded with varying coarse to fine granulation.