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
The prehensile qualities of a spider monkey's tail allow it to travel easily in the trees.
An example of prehensile is the tail of a monkey.
- 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 prehēnsus past participle of prehendere to grasp ; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
prehensile tail of an opossum
- Acrodont, Old World lizards, with laterally compressed body, prehensile tail and well developed limbs with the digits arranged in opposing, grasping bundles of two and three respectively.
- It is arboreal, bright green above; the end of the prehensile tail is usually bright red.
- - These singular crustaceans have long soft flexible bodies, the eyes stalked and movable, the first antennae small and filiform, the second lamellar in the female, in the male prehensile; this last character gives rise to some very fanciful developments.
- The former, with the feet for the most part concealed by the carapace, is subdivided into two tribes, the Ctenopoda, or " comb-feet," in which the six pairs of similar feet, all branchial and nonprehensile, are furnished with setae arranged like the teeth of a comb, and the Anomopoda, or " variety-feet," in which the front feet differ from the rest by being more or less prehensile, without branchial laminae.
- The caudal vertebrae vary from a rudimentary condition in the guinea-pig to a great size in the jumping-hare and prehensile-tailed porcupines.