Aquiline nose

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Illustration for "Aquiline or Roman Nose" from Notes on Noses

An Aquiline nose (also called Roman nose) is a human nose with a prominent bridge, giving it the appearance of being curved or slightly bent. The word aquiline comes from the Latin word aquilinus ("eagle-like"), a reference to the curved beak of an eagle.


In Crania Americana, Samuel George Morton (1799-1851) attempted to divide humankind primarily into four races, each distinguished by certain physical characteristics. He stated that this type of nose is primarily found among Mediterraneans. About Native Americans, he wrote that they were "marked by a brown complexion; long, black, lank hair; and deficient beard. The eyes are black and deep set, the brow low, the cheekbones high, the nose large and aquiline, the mouth large, and the lips tumid and compressed".

American economist William Z. Ripley described the "Teutonic race" in The Races of Europe as having "very light" hair, blue eyes, tall stature and a narrow, aquiline nose.


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