protractile

adjective

pro·​trac·​tile prō-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce protractile (audio)
-ˌtī(-ə)l,
prə-
: capable of being thrust out
protractile jaws

Word History

Etymology

Latin protractus

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protractile was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near protractile

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“Protractile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protractile. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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