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The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal character and mental capacity.

phren′o·log′ic (frĕn′ə-lŏj′ĭk, frē′nə-), phren′o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phre·nol′o·gist n.
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Caldwell also observes how "most critics of Bronte have assumed that, because she used phrenologic jargon, she quite soberly adopted phrenologic belief.
64); thus, the phrenologic structure and the name of the house are closely linked and they both call forth the presence of the bear.