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    What are Coriolanian eyebrows?

    I was reading Dickens' 'Hard Times' and noticed in the descriptions of Mrs Sparsit that Dickens describes first her nose and then her eyebrows as "Coriolanian". What on earth are "Coriolanian eyebrows"? They are first described as "dense black eyebrows" (Chapter VII) but is there more to a Coriolanian eyebrow than this and does it refer to Coriolanus or Corioles? I don't remember any descriptions of eyebrows in Shakespeare's play but I could be wrong.

    Please help satisfy my curiosity.

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    This link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaius_Marcius_Coriolanus

    It refers to Coriolanus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamwoven View Post
    There's nothing in that link about his eyebrows though.

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    "And here she was now, in her elderly days, with the Coriolanian style of nose and the dense black eyebrows which had captivated Sparsit,..."

    I think it is Mrs. Sparsit's nose that is described as Coriolanian rather than her eyebrows, and it means she had a roman nose.
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