One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for protrusible
- ‘Trap termites using their long protractile tongues, which are covered with a thick, sticky saliva.’
- ‘In blennies the palatines are toothless, and the mouth not protractile.’
- ‘Wrasses characteristically have a protractile mouth, cycloid scales, and a single continuous dorsal fin lacking an obvious notch between the soft and spiny portions.’
- ‘Ponyfish have a very protractile mouth, a phenomenon which can be demonstrated by squeezing the head, when the mouth will shoot forward.’
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