Definition of Prehensile

1. Adjective. Adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object. "A monkey's prehensile tail"

Antonyms: Nonprehensile



2. Adjective. Having a keen intellect. "Poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"
Similar to: Intelligent

3. Adjective. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth. "Prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"

Definition of Prehensile

1. a. Adapted to seize or grasp; seizing; grasping; as, the prehensile tail of a monkey.

Definition of Prehensile

1. Adjective. (zoology) Able to take hold of and clasp objects; adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prehensile

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prehensile

preheadache
prehearing
preheat
preheatable
preheated
preheater
preheaters
preheating
preheats
prehellenic
prehend
prehended
prehending
prehends
prehensible
prehensile (current term)
prehensilely
prehensilities
prehensility
prehension
prehensions
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preheritance
preheritances
preherpetic
prehiatus
prehilbert space
prehilbert spaces
prehire
prehiring

Literary usage of Prehensile

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1. Technic and scope of cast gold and porcelain inlays with a chapter on by Herman E. S. Chayes (1918)
"And when the labial ridge is present in a cuspid, the last named point angle may be referred to as the antero-labio-in- cisal, or prehensile (21), ..."

2. The London Encyclopaedia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"The tail is clothed with hair and not prehensile. ... Their tail is prehensile. Some of them are scaly. These animals inhabit the Moluccas, where they live ..."

3. Mammalia: Their Various Orders and Habits Popularly Illustrated by Typical by Louis Figuier, Guillaume Louis Figuier (1870)
"prehensile Porcupine are characterised by a partly bare, prehensile tail, and hooked, and sharply-pointed claws, which enable them to climb trees. ..."

4. A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia: With Figures of All the Species by Charles ( Darwin (1851)
"... pedunculated ; capitulum carina ; mouth and cirri prehensile. bearing a pair of elongated scuta and a rudimentary coralline : 20 fathoms. Mus. ..."

5. The Comic History of the United States: From a Period Prior to the Discovery by John D. Sherwood (1870)
"His prehensile Habits claw out the Eyes of several Measures. — How he foraged on his Political Enemies, and turned his Troops of Friends into the Public ..."

6. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"... has been published (London, I860). springs, and in some South American monkeys it is prehensile and used as a 5th hand in hanging from trees ; in the ..."

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