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[ik-sten-suh l, -sahyl]
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adjective Chiefly Zoology, Anatomy.
  1. capable of being extended; adapted for stretching out; extensible; protrusible.
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Origin of extensile

First recorded in 1735–45; extens(ion) + -ile
Related formsnon·ex·ten·sile, adjective
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Related Words for extensile

expansible, extendible, protractile, expandable, extendable

Examples from the Web for extensile

Historical Examples of extensile

  • There are no teeth; and although the tongue is long and worm-like, it is not extensile.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10


  • The tongue is long and extensile, and is much attenuated towards the tip, where it is covered with strong and recurved papillae.

  • 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

  • It lacks the long, extensile tongue which enables the other species to probe the winding galleries of wood-eating larvæ.

  • 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