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prehensile

Line breaks: pre|hen|sile
Pronunciation: /prɪˈhɛnsʌɪl
 
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Definition of prehensile in English:

adjective

(Chiefly of an animal’s limb or tail) capable of grasping: many monkeys have long, prehensile tails which they use in swinging through the trees
More example sentences
  • The plate in the field guide shows a strange, golden-brown animal with a prehensile tail, hook-like claws and a funny snub nose.
  • Nocturnal and arboreal, they clamber up trees and hang from limbs thanks to long prehensile tails and opposable inside toes (like thumbs) on their hind feet.
  • Coendou and Sphiggurus are arboreal animals, with long, spineless, prehensile tails and wide foot pads.

Origin

late 18th century: from French préhensile, from Latin prehens- 'grasped', from the verb prehendere, from prae 'before' + hendere 'to grasp'.

Derivatives

prehensility

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Pronunciation: /-ˈsɪlɪti/
noun

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