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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj beetle-browed sullen or unfriendly in appearance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beetle-browed Having prominent, overhanging brows; hence, lowering or sullen.☞ The earlier meaning was, “Having bushy or overhanging eyebrows.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beetle-browed Having shaggy, bushy, prominent, or overhanging eyebrows; hence, often, sullen; scowling.
    • beetle-browed Figuratively, having an overhanging or projecting top.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Beetle-browed bē′tl-browd with overhanging or prominent brow: scowling
    • p.adj Beetle-browed jutting out: prominent: overhanging
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bitelbrowed,; cf. OE. bitel, adj., sharp, projecting, n., a beetle. See Beetle an insect


In literature:

He eyed the pair from beneath his beetling brows.
"The Son of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
She also let her eyes rest in admiration upon Taug's beetling brows and his short, powerful neck.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
His deep-set fierce old eyes gleamed under his beetling brows.
"Little Lord Fauntleroy" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tony himself stood beetle-browed and huge in the small doorway.
"The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories" by Alice Dunbar
Tom Tozer was a bull-necked, beetle-browed fellow, the expression of whose face was eloquent with acknowledged roguery.
"Framley Parsonage" by Anthony Trollope
Asad watched him silently awhile from under his beetling brows, then summoned him.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
Broad-shouldered, beetle-browed, brutal and lazy was Bill Hennard, son of a prosperous settler.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
A knock brought a black-haired, beetle-browed person to the window.
"The Story of Patsy" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Bob heard the visitor's story, and knitted his beetling bushy brows.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
The fire-light showed strongly square jaw, hawk nose, and beetle brows.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
The furtive and suspicious glance which he gave Hogan from under his red beetle brows should be seen in order to be understood.
"The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
He was a saturnine, gnarled old Spaniard with lean jaws and beetling brows.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
A tremendous, beetle-browed, scowling fellow.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
The skull-cap indicates a low, flat forehead, beetling brows, and a capacity about two-thirds of the modern size.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Entered also Mordaunt Merrilac, as beetling of brow as ever.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
But from under a pair of beetling black brows there flashed a light which took Clo's breath away.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
He had a heart of lignum vitae, a rigid anti-papistical conscience, beetle brows, and an eye to the cod-fisheries.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
The driver of the car was a powerful fellow with beetled brows and scowling face.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The sound of feet on the cobbled pavement of the mill-yard brought a squat, beetle-browed old man to the threshold.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
Mellotti was heavy set, with black hair and beetling brows.
"Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines" by Ruthe S. Wheeler

In poetry:

Oh! if I could, how I would maul
His tallow face and wainscot paws,
His beetle-brows and eyes of wall,
And make him soon give up the cause.
"Lady Acheson Weary Of The Dean" by Jonathan Swift