One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a hominid species) of slender build.
- ‘Fossil evidence links human ancestry with populations that evolved from modern gracile morphology in Africa 130,000-160,000 years ago.’
- ‘But today, there are eight putative species of early gracile hominid - and a number of the most recent and most ancient have characteristics that might force a re-interpretation of our earliest ancestry.’
- ‘This was also the age of ‘Lucy,’ Australopithecus afarensis, and the radiation of robust and gracile hominids which produced the genus Homo.’
- ‘Alternatively, Homo habilis may stand on the evolutionary line between the gracile Australopithecines and Homo erectus.’
- ‘Some are stocky, others are slender and gracile in body shape.’
- 1.1 (of a person) slender or thin, especially in a charming or attractive way.
slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slightView synonyms
- ‘She was gracile, and her curves seemed liquid smooth.’
- ‘She is gracile and delightful.’
- ‘Males are generally smaller, more gracile and more angular than females.’
Early 17th century: from Latin gracilis ‘slender’.
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