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Usage examples:
  • The common symptoms noted are the double contraction of the muscles of the flank with each expiration, a short, dry cough and the dilated nostrils. - "Common Diseases of Farm Animals", R. A. Craig, D. V. M..
  • In the speech of the inhabitants the isle is known as Noirmoutier, a contraction of " Nigrum Monasterium," a name derived from the monastery founded here in the seventh century by St. Philibert. - "Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country", Francis Miltoun.
  • Even then the muscular contraction of his claws might have given you fits; but he made a bad shot- only hit you with his shoulder and knocked you flying. - "Harley Greenoak's Charge", Bertram Mitford.

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