American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Zoology Stretched out or forth; extended, especially forward: porrect mandibles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust out horizontally.
- Extended forward; stretched forth horizontally; antrorse; prorsal.
- adj. stretched (out or forward)
- v. To stretch out or forward
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Extended horizontally; stretched out.
- Latin porrēctus, past participle of porrigere, to stretch out : por-, forward, out; see per1 in Indo-European roots + regere, to direct, rule; see direct. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Palpi as long as the breadth of the head; second joint obliquely ascending; third porrect, rather shorter than the second, with which it forms an obtuse angle.”
“Palpi porrect, short, not extending beyond the head; third joint elongate-conical, acute, about half the length of the second.”
“Palpi porrect, extending a little beyond the head.”
“Antennae longer and more porrect; second submarginal cell as long as the third; abdomen broader at the base, its ventral surface concave; hypopygium scarcely carinated laterally, and pygidium prominent and deeply emarginate, its lateral edges produced into acute teeth.”
“Megamerus "has an affinity to Sagra, but differs from that genus in having setiform antennae, porrect mandibles, and securiform palpi, its habit is also totally different, and more like that of some of those insects which belong to the heterogeneous magazine called Prionus; it is undoubtedly the most singular and novel form in Captain King's collection.”
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