Simple Definition of prehensile
: capable of grabbing or holding something by wrapping around it
Full Definition of prehensile
1 : adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around <prehensile tail>
2 : gifted with mental grasp or moral or aesthetic perception
Examples of prehensile
The monkey has a prehensile tail.
The elephant has a prehensile trunk.
Origin of prehensile
French préhensile, from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere to seize — more at get
First Known Use: circa 1785
PREHENSILE Defined for Kids
Definition of prehensile
: capable of grasping something by wrapping around it <Some monkeys have a prehensile tail.>
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