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How did a V-shaped hairline become known as a widow’s peak?
Widows in the 16th century wore a distinctive cloak while in mourning. The hood of this cloak formed a V-shaped peak on the forehead. Although the cloak did not survive, its name did, and by the 19th century the term widow’s peak” was used to describe this distinctive hairline.”

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