retractile

adjective

re·​trac·​tile ri-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce retractile (audio)
-ˌtī(-ə)l
: capable of being drawn back or in
retractile claws
retractility noun

Examples of retractile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The large sleek lions hunt alone, ambushing their prey with their curved retractile claws from behind and killing with a bite to the skull. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 22 Mar. 2024 The retractile left nipple settled on a ford in the river, a rhythmically burbling ford which was then swiftly crossed by all the people trapped by the swelling River Sipí, to reach the exuberance of a jungle which offered itself, overwhelming but safe. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retractile was in 1769

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“Retractile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retractile. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

retractile

adjective
re·​trac·​tile ri-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce retractile (audio)
-ˌtīl
: capable of being drawn back or in
the retractile claws of a cat

Medical Definition

retractile

adjective
re·​trac·​tile ri-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce retractile (audio) -ˌtīl How to pronounce retractile (audio)
: capable of being drawn back or in
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