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- v. Present participle of exsert.
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The woodpecker, which has a similar extensile mechanism for exserting its tongue to a great length, also uses it to procure its food -- in its case soft grubs from holes in rotten trees -- and to enable it to pull these out, the end of the tongue is sharp and horny, and barbed with short stiff recurved bristles.
When two species are attempted to be crossed which are so distantly allied that offspring are never produced, it has been observed in some cases that the pollen commences its proper action by exserting its tube, and the germen commences swelling, though soon afterwards it decays.