grac·​ile | \ ˈgra-səl How to pronounce gracile (audio) , -ˌsī(-ə)l \

Definition of gracile

3 : of, relating to, resembling, or being a relatively small slender australopithecine (genus Australopithecus) characterized especially by molars and incisors of similar size that are adapted to a diet including both plant matter and animal flesh — compare robust sense 5

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Other Words from gracile

gracileness noun
gracility \ gra-​ˈsi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce gracility (audio) \ noun

Examples of gracile in a Sentence

gracile as any pair of classically trained dancers, the bride and groom made their way around the dance floor
Recent Examples on the Web At first glance, there would seem to be nothing to find in that little house of Cobb’s signature masterpiece, the gracile glass skyscraper that still crowns Boston’s skyline and is the quintessence of what design historians call high modernism. Thomas De Monchaux, The New Yorker, "Ezra Stoller Turned Buildings Into Monuments," 6 Oct. 2019 Gracile skulls due to the Mongoloid’s very recent evolutionary development. Longreads, "My Mongolian Spot," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of gracile

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gracile

Latin gracilis

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“Gracile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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grac·​ile | \ ˈgras-əl How to pronounce gracile (audio) , -ˌīl How to pronounce gracile (audio) \

Medical Definition of gracile

: being slender or slight

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