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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of retract.
- adj. withdrawn back and in, as the claws of a cat
- adj. (of a sound) pronounced further back in the vocal tract
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, couped by a line diagonal to their main direction: said of ordinaries or subordinaries: thus, three bars or pales are retracted when cut off bendwise or bendwise sinister.
- In entomology, permanently received or contained in a hollow of another part.
- In botany, drawn back, as (sometimes) the radicle between the cotyledons; bent back.
- Synonyms See retractile.
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- adj. drawn back and in
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