semi-retractile love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • Retractile to some extent, as the claws of various carnivores, but incapable of being completely sheathed like a cat's.


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  • They also had skin like soft but armor-tough gray leather, an ovoid head with bulges at top and sides set more horizontally on the short neck than a human's, with small eyes, slit nostrils, lipless shark-toothed mouth, and no external ears -- but except for those and semi-retractile claws on their hands, the biologists insisted that Traiti were so much like humans it ought to indicate a common ancestor somewhere.

    Fearful Symmetry A Terran Empire novel

  • Their bodies are human-looking, as are the hands (with the exception of semi-retractile claws instead of nails), although their skin is medium gray in color and as tough as leather armor despite its softness.

    Concordance A Terran Empire concordance

  • It certainly in some degree resembles the cat externally, and it has also semi-retractile claws, but in greater measure it belongs to the Arctoidea.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • The feet are five-toed, webbed; pads bald; claws semi-retractile; tail very long, with from thirty-six to thirty-eight vertebrae; the pupil of the eye is linear and erect.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon


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