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Aquiline

[AK-wə-lahyn]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid-17th century

1.

Like an eagle.

2.

(Of a person's nose) hooked or curved like an eagle's beak.

Examples of Aquiline in a sentence

"Actor Noah Wyle’s most recognizable feature is his aquiline nose."

"The Great Seal of the United States has an aquiline figure on it."

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About Aquiline

This word stems from the Latin “aquilinus,” deriving from “aquila,” meaning “eagle.”

Did you Know?

“Aquiline” is most commonly used to describe the shape of a person’s nose. However, its root word, “aquila” doubles as the name of a constellation on the celestial equator. The name denotes the bird that carried Zeus’s thunderbolts in ancient mythology. The constellation itself doesn’t closely resemble a bird but does have wings.

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