protractile

adjective
pro·​trac·​tile | \ prō-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce protractile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l, prə- \

Definition of protractile

: capable of being thrust out protractile jaws

First Known Use of protractile

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protractile

Latin protractus

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“Protractile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protractile. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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