Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century
Like an eagle.
(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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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.