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
- It is arboreal, bright green above; the end of the prehensile tail is usually bright red.
- 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.
- They are less strictly nocturnal in their habits; and with one exception live entirely in trees, having in correspondence with this long and powerful prehensile tails.
- They are of a lighter build than the ground-porcupines, with short, close, many-coloured spines, often mixed with hairs, and prehensile tails.
- - 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.