non-prehensile


non-prehensile

adjective

  1. adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail.
  2. able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
  3. greedy; grasping; avaricious.

adjective

  1. 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.

  1. Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object.

  1. 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.

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