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- adj. Capable of being protruded
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being protruded; protrusile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of being thrust forward, as the tongue
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She eats bugs & catches them by sight, smell or by tasting them with her protrusible, deeply forked tongue.
This is typically a protrusible penis-like structure that may be armed with hooks.
Body more or less flask-shape, two or three times as long as broad, with conical apex, which is slightly elastic and protrusible; surface obliquely striate, with well-defined lines, 14 to 16 in number; cilia uniform on the body, with a crown of longer ones at the base of the conical proboscis.
The protrusible tongue, ending in a sticky club, can be shot out for about seven inches in the common chameleon.
The bulk of the animal is marked VM; the eye is shown at E; a hood is marked H; round the mouth there are numerous lobes (L) bearing protrusible tentacles, some of which are shown.
Chim soon outdid him, and one of the funniest things imaginable was to see him blown at and blowing in return; his protrusible lips converted themselves into a trumpet-shaped instrument, which reminded one immediately of some of the devils of Albert Dürer, or those incredible forms which the old painters used to delight in piling together in their temptations of Saint Anthony.
And new discoveries, like rotational feeding, maternal dermatophagy, protrusible eyes and hydrostatic locomotion, have brought caecilians to the widespread attention of biologists.
In case you don't know, caecilians have sensory tentacles, sometimes have protrusible eyes, sometimes lack eyes entirely, often exhibit sophisticated parental care [maternal skin-feeding is going on in the middle image above], are incredibly long-bodied yet often lack tails, sometimes possess large, anatomically complex, eversible male sexual organs, and so on and so forth.
Everybody loves a good protrusible sensory tentacle.
Modern caecilians evolved from limbed ancestors and have several peculiar adaptations, including a pair of protrusible sensory tentacles, eyes covered by skin and/or bone, and scales embedded in pockets within the skin.
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