malleable

Definition: (adjective) Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out.
Synonyms: tractile, ductile, pliant, tensile.
Usage: I am not very handy with a chisel, so when I sculpt, I prefer to use malleable materials that I can bend and shape as I please.
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The Very Large Telescope

Set on a remote and inhospitable mountain in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is actually an array of four large telescopes. The telescopes can be operated together to achieve an angular resolution so precise that the array could theoretically be used to distinguish between the two headlights of a car on the Moon. The VLT captured the first image of a planet outside the solar system. What do the four telescopes’ names mean in the local Mapudungun language?
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