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

 

prehensile

 adjective
adjective
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 Origin late 18th cent.: from French préhensile, from Latin prehens- ‘grasped’, from the verb prehendere, from prae ‘before’ + hendere ‘to grasp’.
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