Definition of brachycephalic in English:



  • Having a relatively broad, short skull (typically with the breadth at least 80 per cent of the length).

    • ‘Thylacoleo are highly specialized brachycephalic predators with greatly hypotrophied molar rows and hypertrophied sectorial third premolars.’
    • ‘In sthenurines the basioccipital plane is above the palatal plane, more markedly so in the brachycephalic species.’
    • ‘However, we have fossil records that tell us the brachycephalic (short-skulled, short-nosed, flat-faced) dog breeds, which include the Shih Tzu, Pug, and Pekingese originated in Central Asia.’
    • ‘You also use much scientific language in your poetry: anthracite, barium, beryl, bituminous, brachycephalic.’
    • ‘The French bulldog is brachycephalic; its muzzle has been severely shortened, giving the impression of a flattened face.’



/ˌbrakɪsɪˈfalɪk/ /ˌbrakɪkɛˈfalɪk/