Protractile Pro*tract"ile, a. Capable of being protracted, or protruded; protrusile. [1913 Webster]

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  • protractile — [ protraktil ] adj. • 1805; de pro et lat. tractus, de trahere ♦ Didact. Qui peut être étiré, distendu vers l avant. Langue protractile du fourmilier. ● protractile adjectif (de protraction) Se dit de la langue des vertébrés quand elle peut s… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • protractile — [prō trak′təl] adj. capable of being protracted or thrust out; extensible …   English World dictionary

  • protractile — adjective Etymology: Latin protractus Date: 1828 capable of being thrust out < protractile jaws > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • protractile — capable of being retracted, as of the upper jaw …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • protractile — protractility, n. /proh trak til, tuyl, preuh /, adj. capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded. [1820 30; PROTRACT + ILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • protractile — adjective That can be protracted (as a cats claws) …   Wiktionary

  • protractile — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Capable of being extended or expanded: expansible, expansile, extendible, extensible, extensile, stretch, stretchable. See INCREASE …   English dictionary for students

  • protractile — prəʊ træktl /prÉ™ træktaɪl adj. can be prolonged, can be extended; can be lengthened, can be stretched …   English contemporary dictionary

  • protractile — [prə traktʌɪl, tɪl] adjective another term for protrusible (see protrusion) …   English new terms dictionary

  • protractile — pro·trac·tile …   English syllables

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