[ pen-sahyl, -sil ]
/ ˈpɛn saɪl, -sɪl /


hanging, as the nests of certain birds.
building a hanging nest.

Origin of pensile

1595–1605; < Latin pēnsilis hanging down, equivalent to pēns(us) past participle of pendēre to hang (equivalent to pend- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -ilis -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pensile

/ (ˈpɛnsaɪl) /


ornithol designating or building a hanging nestpensile birds

Derived forms of pensile

pensility (pɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ) or pensileness, noun

Word Origin for pensile

C17: from Latin pensilis hanging down, from pendēre to hang
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