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pensile

[pen-sahyl, -sil] /ˈpɛn saɪl, -sɪl/
adjective
1.
hanging, as the nests of certain birds.
2.
building a hanging nest.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin pēnsilis hanging down, equivalent to pēns(us) past participle of pendēre to hang (equivalent to pend- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -ilis -ile
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Examples for pensile
  • Nests are typically pensile, often suspended from a few thin branches.
  • Nest globular or elongated, usually pensile but may be placed on limb.
British Dictionary definitions for pensile

pensile

/ˈpɛnsaɪl/
adjective
1.
(ornithol) designating or building a hanging nest pensile birds
Derived Forms
pensility (pɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ), pensileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pensilis hanging down, from pendēre to hang
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