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pre·hen·sile

 (prē-hĕn′səl, -sīl′)
adj.
1. Able to seize, grasp, or hold, especially by wrapping around an object: a monkey's prehensile tail.
2. Having a keen intellect or powerful memory: a prehensile mind.

[French préhensile, from Latin prehēnsus, past participle of prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

pre′hen·sil′i·ty (-sĭl′ĭ-tē) n.

prehensile

(prɪˈhɛnsaɪl)
adj
(Zoology) adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support: a prehensile tail. Also: prehensive or prehensory
[C18: from French préhensile, from Latin prehendere to grasp]
prehensility n

pre•hen•sile

(prɪˈhɛn sɪl, -saɪl)

adj.
1. adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail.
2. able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
3. greedy; grasping; avaricious.
[< French (coined by Buffon) < Latin prehend(ere) to seize (see prehension) + -tilis -tile]
pre•hen•sil•i•ty (ˌpri hɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti) n.

pre·hen·sile

(prē-hĕn′səl)
Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object. The feet of many birds and the tails of monkeys are prehensile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prehensile - adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object; "a monkey's prehensile tail"
nonprehensile - not prehensile
2.prehensile - having a keen intellect; "poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch
intelligent - having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree; "is there intelligent life in the universe?"; "an intelligent question"
3.prehensile - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthprehensile - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
Translations
قادِر على القَبْض
chápavý
fang-
kapaszkodó
grip-
graibštus
tvērēj-tveršanas-
chwytny
schopný uchopiť
kavrayabilenyakalayabilen

prehensile

[prɪˈhensaɪl] ADJprensil

prehensile

adjGreif-; prehensile tailGreifschwanz m

prehensile

[prɪˈhɛnsaɪl] adj (Zool) → prensile

prehensile

(priˈhensail) adjective
able to take hold of something. Most monkeys have prehensile tails.

pre·hen·sile

a. prensil, adaptado para agarrar o asir.
References in classic literature ?
Had this tail any prehensile power, I should straightway bethink me of Darmonodes' elephant that so frequented the flower-market, and with low salutations presented nosegays to damsels, and then caressed their zones.
Poyser's attention was here diverted by the appearance of Molly, carrying a large jug, two small mugs, and four drinking- cans, all full of ale or small beer--an interesting example of the prehensile power possessed by the human hand.
Already I was accustomed to the thought that she still lived, and to the big heart she had set beating in my feeble frame; already the continued existence of these villains, with the first dim inkling of their villainy, was ceasing to be a novelty in a brain now quickened and prehensile beyond belief.
Like one class of forest animals, they have nothing but a prehensile tail; climb they must, or crawl.
This was because it was a prehensile foot, more like a hand than a foot.
This is the case with the male Ibla, and in a truly extraordinary manner with the Proteolepas: for the carapace in all other cirripedes consists of the three highly-important anterior segments of the head enormously developed, and furnished with great nerves and muscles; but in the parasitic and protected Proteolepas, the whole anterior part of the head is reduced to the merest rudiment attached to the bases of the prehensile antennae.
These animals have prehensile tails, the extremity of which, even after death, can support the whole weight of the body.
And the cats on the route saw reason to give thanks that prehensile claws had been given them.
Like some type of science fiction monster, their head is equipped with powerful prehensile limbs and poisonous fangs.
Sure, I've got all the tools and gadgets, but somehow the finished item looks as if it had been completed by someone with poor eyesight and a lack of prehensile thumbs.
The snout is "very wiggly but not prehensile," he says.
Martin rendered his signature Everyman (if Everyman was a good-natured cretin), his family, and Fester's sidekick, Karbunckle, tossed upward from a roller coaster run amok, their prehensile bodies akimbo.