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1. Hanging loosely; suspended: an oriole's pensile nest.
2. Having or building a hanging nest. Used of birds.
[Latin pēnsilis, from pēnsus, past participle of pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) ornithol designating or building a hanging nest: pensile birds.
[C17: from Latin pensilis hanging down, from pendēre to hang]
pensility, ˈpensileness n
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