from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object: a monkey's prehensile tail.
  • adj. Having keen intellect; insightful.
  • adj. Greedy; grasping.

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  • adj. Able to take hold of and clasp objects; adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Adapted to seize or grasp; seizing; grasping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Seizing or grasping; taking and holding; adapted for prehension; especially, fitted for grasping or holding by folding, wrapping, or curving around the object prehended: as, the prehensile tail of a monkey or an opossum. Also prehensory. See cut above, and cuts at Cebinæ, marmose, musk-cavy, opossum, and spider-monkey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object
  • adj. having a keen intellect
  • adj. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French préhensile, from Latin prehēnsus, past participle of prehendere, to grasp.

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From French préhensile, from Latin perfect passive participle prehēnsus, from prehendō ("grasp, seize"), + adjective suffix -ile, from Latin -ilis.


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