aquiline (adj.) "curved like an eagle's beak," 1640s, originally in English in reference to long, hooked noses, from L. aquilinus "of or like an eagle," from aquila "eagle," of uncertain origin, usually explained as "the dark bird;" Cf. aquilus "blackish, of the color of darkness."

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  • Aquiline — Aq ui*line (?; 277), a. [L. aquilinus, fr. aquila eagle: cf. F. aquilin. See {Eagle}. ] 1. Belonging to or like an eagle. [1913 Webster] 2. Curving; hooked; prominent, like the beak of an eagle; applied particularly to the nose [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aquiline — [ak′wə līn΄, ak′wəlin] adj. [L aquilinus < aquila, eagle] 1. of or like an eagle 2. curved or hooked like an eagle s beak [an aquiline nose] …   English World dictionary

  • aquiline — ► ADJECTIVE 1) like an eagle. 2) (of a nose) curved like an eagle s beak. ORIGIN Latin aquilinus, from aquila eagle …   English terms dictionary

  • Aquiline — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Aquiline est un nom propre qui peut désigner : Sommaire 1 Prénom ou patronyme 2 Saintes chrétien …   Wikipédia en Français

  • aquiline — [[t]æ̱kwɪlaɪn[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone has an aquiline nose or profile, their nose is large, thin, and usually curved. [FORMAL] He had black hair, a thin aquiline nose, and deep set brown eyes …   English dictionary

  • aquiline — adjective 1 aquiline nose an aquiline nose has a curved shape like the beak of an eagle 2 like an eagle …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • aquiline — adjective Etymology: Latin aquilinus, from aquila eagle Date: 1646 1. curving like an eagle s beak < an aquiline nose > 2. of, relating to, or resembling an eagle • aquilinity noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aquiline — adjective /ˈæk.wɪ.laɪn/ of, pertaining to, or characteristic of eagles. Franks aquiline nose jutted out from underneath his glasses …   Wiktionary

  • aquiline — adj. Aquiline is used with these nouns: ↑feature, ↑nose …   Collocations dictionary

  • aquiline — Synonyms and related words: Roman nosed, altricial, anserine, anserous, aquiline nosed, avian, avicular, beak nosed, beak shaped, beaked, bill like, bill shaped, billed, birdlike, birdy, clawlike, columbine, crookbilled, crooked, crooknosed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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