Author Topic: Why is it called a widow's peak?  (Read 3889 times)

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Why is it called a widow's peak?
« on: 22 May, 2009, 08:14:33 PM »
when a chap has a sort of spike of hair in the middle of his forehead. Like Ray Reardon.

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Re: Why is it called a widow's peak?
« Reply #1 on: 23 May, 2009, 05:06:13 AM »
A widow's peak (also known as a widow's brow) is a descending V-shaped point in the middle of the hairline (above the forehead). It is an example of a dominant inherited trait. The term comes from English folklore, where it was believed that this hair formation was a sign of a woman who would outlive her husband.

The peak refers to the beak or bill of a headdress, particularly a widow's hood, making people think a woman was being given a mourning hood for her husband's forthcoming passing.

In popular culture, "evil" characters are often depicted with a widow's peak.

Source:  newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widow's_peak [nonactive]