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gracile

[gras-il] /ˈgræs ɪl/
adjective
1.
gracefully slender.
2.
slender; thin.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin gracilis slender, slight, thin
Related forms
gracility
[gra-sil-i-tee, gruh-] /græˈsɪl ɪ ti, grə-/ (Show IPA),
gracileness, noun
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  • Some convergence of features--dark skin and small, gracile form--is to be expected in peoples who have evolved in the tropics.
  • Even giant forms had a surprisingly gracile, slender neck.
  • They thus connect the cerebellum with the gracile and cuneate nuclei of the opposite side.
  • They went from gracile people to blimps with rotten teeth and facial deformities in the space of a generation.
British Dictionary definitions for gracile

gracile

/ˈɡræsaɪl/
adjective
1.
gracefully thin or slender
2.
a less common word for graceful
Derived Forms
gracility (ɡræˈsɪlɪtɪ), gracileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gracilis slender
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Word Origin and History for gracile
adj.

1620s, from Latin gracilis "slender, thin, fine; plain, simple." Not etymologically connected to grace but often regarded as if it is. Perhaps a dissimilated form related to Latin cracens "slender;" if so, perhaps cognate with Sanskrit krsah "thin, weak," Avestan keresa- "lean, meager," Lithuanian karštu "to be very old, to age."

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