Prehensile definition

prē-hĕnsəl, -sīl
Able to seize, grasp, or hold, especially by wrapping around an object.

A monkey's prehensile tail.

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Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object. The feet of many birds, the tails of monkeys, and the trunks of elephants are prehensile.
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Having a keen intellect or powerful memory.

A prehensile mind.

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Adapted for seizing or grasping, esp. by wrapping or folding around something.
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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.

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(zoology) Able to take hold of and clasp objects; adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object.

Some monkeys have prehensile tails which they use to pick things up.

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Origin of prehensile

  • French préhensile from Latin prehēnsus past participle of prehendere to grasp ghend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French préhensile, from Latin perfect passive participle prehÄ“nsus, from prehendō (“grasp, seize"), + adjective suffix -ile, from Latin -ilis.

    From Wiktionary