Definition of gracile in English:

gracile

Line breaks: gra¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈgrasɪl
 
, ˈgrasʌɪl
 
/

adjective

Anthropology
  • 1(Of a hominid species) of slender build.
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    • But today, there are eight putative species of early gracile hominid - and a number of the most recent and most ancient have characteristics that might force a re-interpretation of our earliest ancestry.
    • This was also the age of ‘Lucy,’ Australopithecus afarensis, and the radiation of robust and gracile hominids which produced the genus Homo.
    • Some are stocky, others are slender and gracile in body shape.
  • 1.1(Of a person) attractively slender or thin.
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    • Males are generally smaller, more gracile and more angular than females.
    • She is gracile and delightful.
    • She was gracile, and her curves seemed liquid smooth.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin gracilis 'slender'.

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