Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by vagility; able to move about or disperse in a given environment: a vagile animal species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Free to move about.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wandering; vagrant; not sedentary; not fixed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having freedom to move about

Etymologies

Latin vagus, wandering + -ile1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German vagil, from Latin vagus ("wandering"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As climate change effects become more pronounced (e.g., degree-day boundaries or mean temperature isotherms shift northward), the more ecologically vagile species are likely to extend their geographic ranges northward [17].

    Changes in aquatic biota and ecosystem structure and function in the Arctic

  • Secondary regrowth, however, has begun to offer opportunities for dispersal for a wide range of taxa, although significant movements of less vagile species such as salamanders, wildflowers, and land snails might require centuries.

    Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests

  • The pikas and water shrews and chipmunks and woodrats weren’t so vagile and adventurous as reptiles and birds often are.

    The Song of The Dodo

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