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pensile

[ pen-sahyl, -sil ]
/ ˈpɛn saɪl, -sɪl /
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adjective
hanging, as the nests of certain birds.
building a hanging nest.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for pensile

pensile
/ (ˈpɛnsaɪl) /

adjective
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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