- adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail.
- able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
- greedy; grasping; avaricious.
- adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a supporta prehensile tail
adj.1771, from French préhensile “adapted for grasping” (Buffon), from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere “to grasp, to seize,” from prae- “before” (see pre-) + -hendere, related to hedera “ivy,” via notion of “clinging,” and cognate with Greek khandanein “to take in, hold” (see get (v.)). adj.
- Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object.
- Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object. The feet of many birds, the tails of monkeys, and the trunks of elephants are prehensile.