Meaning of dolichocephalic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɒlɪkə(ʊ)sɪˈfalɪk/ /ˌdɒlɪkə(ʊ)kɛˈfalɪk/


  • Having a relatively long skull (typically with the breadth less than 80 (or 75) per cent of the length).

    Often contrasted with brachycephalic

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century from Greek dolikhos ‘long’ + -cephalic.