- adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail.
- able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
- greedy; grasping; avaricious.
Origin of prehensile
Examples from the Web for non-prehensile
The tail is long, round, and covered with short hair; but tufted at the extremity and non-prehensile.
The molar teeth are small; the tail, which in some is long, in others short, is non-prehensile.
Wallace, in a residence of four years, saw twenty-one species—seven with prehensile and fourteen with non-prehensile tails.The Andes and the Amazon
Their tail, though long, has no naked area at the extremity and is non-prehensile.
The genus Pithecia, the Sakis, consists of five species with long bushy tails, which are non-prehensile.
- adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a supporta prehensile tail
Word Origin and History for non-prehensile
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.)).
- 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.