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glabella

Postby Bailey » Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:54 pm

while browsing the dictionary
I found this: glabella
"space between the eyebrows," 1598, Mod.L., lit. fem. of adj. glabellus "without hair, smooth," dim. of glaber "smooth, bald," cognate with O.E. glæd "bright, shining, joyous" (see glad). glabella - a smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrows; the most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline at the level of the supraorbital ridges.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:15 pm

Oh, related to Portuguese/Spanish/Italian glabro, French/Catalan glabre, Romanian glabru, English glabrous, hairless. Nice to know this one.

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Re: glabella

Postby gailr » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:00 pm

Bailey wrote: cognate with O.E. glæd "bright, shining...

In the "a rose by any other name" department: Taliesin (Shining Brow) just sounds more...poetic...than "Glabrous" (Shining Head) (?!) :?

Although Shel Silverstein, Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling (just for starters) might beg to differ...

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Postby Grogie » Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:50 am

Very interesting word Bailey.
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