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Wednesday, November 24

Pensile

[PEN-səl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

Hanging down; pendulous.

Examples of Pensile in a sentence

"The peaches were ripe and pensile."

"The snow on the branches made them pensile."

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About Pensile

This word stems from the Latin “pensilis,” from the verb “pendere,” meaning “hang.”

Did you Know?

There’s some confusion about how to pronounce “pensile.” Some online sources with audio of the word say it the same way “pencil” is pronounced. Others say it’s “pen-sahyl,” with the long ‘i’ sound. It appears either is correct, although the latter pronunciation might prevent some confusion in verbal speech.

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