Definition of protractile in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈtrakt(ə)l/ /prōˈtrakt(ə)l/
/prōˈtrakˌtīl/ /prəˈtrakˌtīl/


Another term for protrusible.
Example sentences
  • Wrasses characteristically have a protractile mouth, cycloid scales, and a single continuous dorsal fin lacking an obvious notch between the soft and spiny portions.
  • In blennies the palatines are toothless, and the mouth not protractile.
  • Ponyfish have a very protractile mouth, a phenomenon which can be demonstrated by squeezing the head, when the mouth will shoot forward.
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