[ ik-sten-suhl, -sahyl ]
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adjectiveChiefly Zoology, Anatomy.
  1. capable of being extended; adapted for stretching out; extensible; protrusible.

Origin of extensile

First recorded in 1735–45; extens(ion) + -ile

Other words from extensile

  • non·ex·ten·sile, adjective

Words Nearby extensile

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How to use extensile in a sentence

  • It has an excessively long, slender muzzle, and a warm-like extensile tongue.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • It is really astonishing to see what large morsels they can dispose of with the assistance of their extensile mouths and stomachs.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • The only other North American birds that have a tongue built upon this plan are the hummingbirds, in which also it is extensile.

    The Woodpeckers | Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
  • They are, however, quite extensile, and can readily be made to hold three or four times this amount.

  • All leeches are very extensile and can contract the body to a plump, pear-shaped form, or extend it to a long and worm-like shape.