Middle English browe, from Old English brū, from Proto-Germanic *brūwō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰruH, *h₃bʰrúHs (“brow”) (compare Middle Irish brúad, Tocharian B pärwāne ‘eyebrows’, Lithuanian bruvìs, Serbo-Croatian obrva, Ancient Greek ὀφρύς (ophrús), Sanskrit भ्रू (bhrū)).
brow (plural brows)
- The ridge over the eyes; the eyebrow.
- 'Tis not your inky brows, your black silk hair.
- And his arched brow, pulled o'er his eyes, / With solemn proof proclaims him wise.
- The first tine of an antler's beam.
- The forehead.
- Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow.
- The projecting upper edge of a steep place such as a hill.
- the brow of a precipice
- (nautical) The gangway from ship to shore when a ship is lying alongside a quay.
- (nautical) The hinged part of a landing craft or ferry which is lowered to form a landing platform; a ramp.
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