Definition of protrusile in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈtro͞osəl/
/prōˈtro͞osəl/ /prōˈtro͞oˌsīl/


(Of a limb or other body part) able to be thrust forward.
Example sentences
  • Biologists have been fascinated with the frog's protrusile tongue for decades, but until recently the biomechanics of the tadpole's mouth was a mystery.
  • Like pangolins, aardvarks have a long, protrusile tongue and a gizzard-like stomach.


Mid 19th century: from Latin protrus- 'extended or thrust forward' (from the verb protrudere), on the pattern of extrusile.

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Syllabification: pro·tru·sile

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