One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a relatively long skull (typically with the breadth less than 80 [or 75] percent of the length).Often contrasted with brachycephalic
- ‘As late as the 1930s, adherents strove to transform unsightly round heads into long, dolichocephalic ones.’
- ‘Also evident was postorbital constriction, plus the dolichocephalic (long and narrow) nature of the brain case.’
- ‘The Athenian leader was a bit of a slaphead with a dolichocephalic skull; but instead of going around enduring the jeers of the ancient tabloid media, he had a very cool solution.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek dolikhos ‘long’ + -cephalic.
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