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** Why do we have eyebrows? **

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Eyebrows are a very significant aspect of our appearance. They are one of
the most distinctive features that make up our faces, and we pay a lot of
attention to them. We think of some types of eyebrows as attractive and
some as unattractive, and many people spend as much time preening their
eyebrows as they do applying makeup to their eyelashes or lips. Eyebrows
are also one of our most expressive facial features. One of the clearest
ways to tell somebody what


Eyebrow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Eyebrow **

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Latin /supercilium/
MeSH /Eyebrows/

The *eyebrow* is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that
follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges of some mammals.
Their main function is hypothesized to prevent sweat, water, and other
debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important
to human communication and facial expression. It is not uncommon for people
– women in particular – to modify their eyebrows by means of hair
addition, removal, makeup, tattoo, or piercings.


· 1 Functions

· 1.1 Physical
· 1.2 Psychological
· 1.3 Eyebrows as eyespots
· 1.4 Identification

· 2 Eyebrow modification
· 3 Gallery
· 4 See also
· 5 References
· 6 External links



It is popularly believed that the main function of the eyebrow is to
prevent moisture, mostly salty sweat and rain, from flowing into the eye
(although this suggestion has never been put in a form of scholarly
hypothesis). The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the
side) and the direction in which eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that
moisture has a tendency to flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of
the head and along the nose.^[/citation needed/] The slightly protruding
brow ridges of modern humans could also be used as a defense structure
against the floods of moisture. Desmond Morris, discussing the possible
function of the eyebrow in human evolution, criticized this suggestion as
non-effective ^[1] and suggested that the primary function of the eyebrows
is to signal the changing moods of their owners. Together with the brow
ridges, the eyebrows also shade the


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