from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an eagle.
- adj. Curved or hooked like an eagle's beak: an aquiline nose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of eagles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to or like an eagle.
- adj. Curving; hooked; prominent, like the beak of an eagle; -- applied particularly to the nose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the eagle.
- Resembling an eagle; having the characteristics of an eagle; especially, resembling an eagle's beak; curving; hooked; prominent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. curved down like an eagle's beak
Thus an ornithologist might describe a colleague as having an aquiline nose, but would not use the word aquiline in reference to a bird of the eagle group.
"Back to something we were discussing earlier -- I often think about how my kind of nose is written about as 'Hebrew' but Chris, whose nose is almost identical, well, hers is 'aquiline' --"
The profile that passed the window was of the sort called aquiline, after the beak of the eagle; but he rather suggested a grey and venerable eagle; an eagle in repose; an eagle that has long folded its wings.
I was drawn to the figures done in folk-style — rather than those with a Caucasian look, such as aquiline noses.
Okay, so I think you describe her as having a long aquiline face, but I imagined her like this despite that.
While sipping this delicious coffee, her conversation intentionally allowed her to spread the confidence of her beautiful thin, high cheekbone face with an aquiline nose and skin with a softness and color of milk.
A mustachioed man in a pullover meets a wavy-haired blonde to produce a figure with an oddly raffish cavalier look; a middle-aged woman with a complex hairdo acquires the aquiline nose of the actor she obscures.
The author's father, Edward Lindsay-Hogg, was tall and lean with a long, narrow face and aquiline nose.
His flesh hinted of grossness, especially so in the eagle-like aquiline nose that must once have been the other's, but that had lost the austerity the other's still retained.
Being Eskimo, she should have a little flat excuse for a nose, and lo, it is neither broad nor flat, but aquiline, with nostrils delicately and sensitively formed as any fine lady's of a whiter breed — the Indian strain somewhere, be assured, Avery