gracile

adjective
grac·​ile | \ˈgra-səl, -ˌsī(-ə)l\

Definition of gracile 

2 : graceful

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 \ 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

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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

adjective
grac·​ile | \ˈgras-əl, -ˌīl \

Medical Definition of gracile 

: being slender or slight

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