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  • exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
  • easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
  • difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"
  • developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
  • of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
  • marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon''s delicate touch"
  • easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby''s delicate skin"

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  • Delicate: Delicate may refer to: "Delicate" (song), a 1993 single by Terence Trent D'Arby featuring Des'ree Delicate (album), an album by Martha & The Muffins "Delicate"
  • Delicate Arch: Delicate Arch is a 65-foot (20 m) tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, United States. It is the most widely-recognized
  • Delicate Sound of Thunder: For the concert video, see Delicate Sound of Thunder (film). Delicate Sound of Thunder is a double live album by the English progressive rock band Pink
  • Delicate slender opossum: The delicate slender opossum, Marmosops parvidens, is a small pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae that occurs in French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname
  • Delicate deer mouse: The delicate deer mouse (Habromys delicatulus) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It was first described by Michael Carlton, Oscar Sanchez
  • Delicate-skinned salamander: The Delicate-Skinned Salamander (Ambystoma bombypellum) is an extremely rare Mole salamander species. The Delicate-Skinned Salamander was first described
  • A Delicate Balance – The Truth: A Delicate Balance – The Truth is a documentary film created by Aaron Scheibner, released on 13 November 2008, outlining the effects of diet on health
  • A Delicate Balance: A Delicate Balance may refer to: A Delicate Balance (play), by Edward Albee A Delicate Balance (film), an adaptation directed by Tony Richardson A Delicate
  • Delicate (song): "Delicate" is a song by Terence Trent D'Arby featuring Des'ree, released as a single in 1993. The song was written, arranged and produced by D'Arby. It
  • Delicate mouse: Australia or the salt flat mouse (Salinomys delicatus) of South America. The delicate mouse (Mus tenellus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is

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* The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly. - Henry David Thoreau

* It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. - Albert Einstein

* That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional. - Laurie E. Colwin


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