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gracile

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From Latin gracilis (slender). In the “graceful” sense, apparently influenced by the non-cognate word grace (cf. to contrast the distinct etymologies).

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gracile (comparative more gracile, superlative most gracile)

  1. Slender; thin; lean.
    • 1853, Works of Walter Savage Landor:
      Unswathe his Egyptian mummy; and ... you disclose the grave features and gracile bones of ... a cat
    • 1971, Oxford English Dictionary#Compact_editions:
      Gracile ... By some recent writers misused (through association with grace) for "Gracefully slender":
    • 2005, Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale:
      They seem to have evolved from more ‘gracile’ apes (gracile being the opposite of robust).
    • 2009, Clive Finlayson, Neanderthals and Modern Humans:
      A more gracile morphology would have been far more efficient over larger areas.
  2. Graceful or gracefully slender.

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gracile (masculine and feminine, plural graciles)

  1. gracile

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gracile m, f (masculine and feminine plural gracili)

  1. delicate, frail, weakly
  2. slender, thin

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gracile

  1. nominative neuter singular of gracilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of gracilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of gracilis