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widow's peak (WID-oz peek) noun
A V-shaped hairline at the center top of the forehead.
[From the former belief that this feature in a woman was an omen that she'd outlive her husband, as in those days a widow wore a mourning hood with a pointed crest.]
Earlier, this feature in a man was known as a widower's peak, though today widow's peak is a unisex term. It's not known what the superstition said when two people with widow's peak married each other. Examples of people with widow's peaks: John Travolta, Count Dracula.
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Tall, slim and more Draculesque than ever with his sunken cheeks, widow's peak and grey sidewings, [Jan] Garbarek led a virtuosic quartet by example." Jack Massarik; The Enigma Soars to a Sparky Beat; The Evening Standard (London, UK); Nov 19, 2007.
Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. -Henry Fielding, author (1707-1754)
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