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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

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

pre·hen·sil·i·ty play \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of prehensile

  1. The monkey has a prehensile tail.

  2. 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

Rhymes with prehensile


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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>

  2. pre·hen·sil·i·ty \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsil-ət-ē\play noun, plural pre·hen·sil·i·ties




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