from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A muscle of the thigh arising from the descending ramus of the pubis, running along the inner border of the thigh, and inserted in the upper part of the shaft of the tibia, assisting to adduct the thigh and flex the leg: so called from its slenderness in man. It is one of the adductor group.


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  • Ice fishing in front of Kotzebue, for instance, supplies people with traditional autumn food (saffron cod (Eleginus gracilis) and smelt (Osmerus mordax)), and is an important social activity that binds the community and gives the elderly and young people one of their few chances during the year to harvest traditional foods.

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  • Other mammals include black footed ferret Mustela nigripes (extinct in the wild but reintroduced), occasional spotted skunk Spilogale gracilis leucoparia and black bear Ursus americanus amblyceps, grey fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus, coyote Canis latrans, bobcat Lynx rufus texensis and occasionally puma Puma concolor, javelina or collared peccary Pecari tajacu angulatus (reintroduced), pronghorn antelope Antilocapra americana (reintroduced), and mule deer Odocoileus hemionus crooki.

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  • Primary lowland forest of the Gunung Honje region includes Pterospermum javanicum, Dipterocarpus gracilis, Intsia bijuga, Lagerstroemia speciosa, Ficus spp. and Eugenia spp.

    Ujung Kulon National Park and Krakatau Nature Reserve, Indonesia

  • On flatter areas between the upland moor and the forest edge are areas of moorland or upland grassland composed of Agrostis producta, Festuca convoluta, Koeleria gracilis, Deschampsia sp.,

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  • Notable for its ridiculously tall, forked "antler," Nyctosaurus gracilis is a rather small ornithocheiroid from Kansas.

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  • The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), widely planted throughout the tropics for oil production, is native to the hotspot, while valuable timber species include the African ebony (Diospyros gracilis), two genera of African mahogany (Entandophragma and Khaya), and iroko (Milicia excelsa), which is widely exploited.

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  • From a structural standpoint, the short stature of the dominant sod-forming grasses, grama (Bouteloua gracilis) and buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides), separate the Western Short Grasslands from other units.

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  • Grass cover is continuous, with annual species such as Cenchrus biflorus, Schoenefeldia gracilis, and Aristida stipoides well-represented.

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  • The islands, peninsulas and gulfs provide a refuge for nine relict or endemic species: pygopodids Aclys concinna major, Aprasia haroldi and Pletholax gracilis edelensis, skinks Ctenotus youngsoni, C. zastictus, Egernia stokessi aethiops, Lerista maculosa and Menetia amaura.

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