Spider monkey swinging from a vine and using his tail.
The definition of prehensile is an animal's limb or tail that has adapted to be able to grasp or hold.
An example of prehensile is the tail of a monkey.
adapted for seizing or grasping, esp. by wrapping or folding around something
Origin of prehensileFrench préhensile ; from Classical Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere, to take ; from prae-, pre- + Indo-European base an unverified form ghend-, an unverified form ghed-, to grasp from source get
- Able to seize, grasp, or hold, especially by wrapping around an object: a monkey's prehensile tail.
- Having a keen intellect or powerful memory: a prehensile mind.
Origin of prehensileFrench préhensile, from Latin preh&emacron;nsus, past participle of prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
prehensile tail of an opossum