from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Zoology Stretched out or forth; extended, especially forward: porrect mandibles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. stretched (out or forward)
  • v. To stretch out or forward

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Extended horizontally; stretched out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust out horizontally.
  • Extended forward; stretched forth horizontally; antrorse; prorsal.


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)



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