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From Middle English bro, bra (“bank of a stream; raised edge of a ditch or pit”), from Old Norse brá (“eyebrow; eyelash”) (probably in the sense of the brow of a hill), from Proto-Germanic *br?w? (“eyebrow”), from Proto-Indo-European *h?b?rúHs (“eyebrow”). The English word is cognate with Old English br?w, br?aw (“eyelid”), Old High German br?wa (Middle High German br?, modern German Braue (“eyebrow”)), Old Saxon br?wa, br?ha (“eyebrow; eyelash”); and is a doublet of bree (“(Scotland) brow; forehead; (obsolete or dialectal, Scotland) eyebrow; eyelid”) and brow.
brae (plural braes)