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Woman with a widow's peak

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.[1]

The peak may refer 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.[1]


Notable persons with a widow's peak

Leonardo DiCaprio with a widow's peak

Fictional characters with a widow's peak

See also


  1. ^ a b "Where did the term "widow's peak" come from?"; Ask Yahoo! December 27, 2002.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "How-To: Work With Your Widow's Peak". Bellasugar. June 19, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 


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