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prehensile

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adjective pre·hen·sile \prē-ˈhen(t)-səl, -ˈhen-ˌsī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of prehensile

  • : capable of grabbing or holding something by wrapping around it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prehensile

  1. 1 :  adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around <prehensile tail>

  2. 2 :  gifted with mental grasp or moral or aesthetic perception

prehensility play \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of prehensile in a sentence

  1. The monkey has a prehensile tail.

  2. The elephant has a prehensile trunk.



Did You Know?

You may be familiar with "prehensile" from the animal world: monkeys have prehensile tails, elephants have prehensile trunks, giraffes have prehensile tongues, etc. But can you comprehend where this word comes from? Can you apprehend its derivation? The Latin verb prehendere, meaning "to seize or grasp," is the ancestor of a number of English terms, including "comprehend," "apprehend," and "prehensile." "Prehensile" came into English in the 1780s via French préhensile, from Latin prehensus, the past participle of "prehendere."

Origin of prehensile

French préhensile, from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere to seize — more at get


First Known Use: circa 1785

Rhymes with prehensile


PREHENSILE Defined for Kids

prehensile

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adjective pre·hen·sile \prē-ˈhen-səl\

Definition of prehensile for Students

  1. :  capable of grasping something by wrapping around it <Some monkeys have a prehensile tail.>




Medical Dictionary

prehensile

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adjective pre·hen·sile \prē-ˈhen(t)-səl, -ˈhen-ˌsīl\

Medical Definition of prehensile

  1. :  adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around <prehensile tail>

prehensility \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsil-ət-ē\play noun plural prehensilities



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