Definition of prehensile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈhensaɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈhensl//
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(of a part of an animal’s body) able to hold things the monkey’s prehensile tail Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French préhensile, from Latin prehens- ‘grasped’, from the verb prehendere, from prae ‘before’ + hendere ‘to grasp’.
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