adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail.
able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
greedy; grasping; avaricious.
- pre·hen·sil·i·ty [pree-hen-sil-i-tee], /ˌpri hɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- non·pre·hen·sile, adjective
- sub·pre·hen·sile, adjective
- sub·pre·hen·sil·i·ty, noun
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How to use prehensile in a sentence
When given just a few cubes, the elephant picked them up with the prehensile tip of her trunk.Engineers surprised by the power of an elephant’s trunk | Sid Perkins | June 23, 2021 | Science News For Students
When offered just a few cubes, the elephant picked them up with the prehensile tip of the trunk.Newly recognized tricks help elephants suck up huge amounts of water | Sid Perkins | June 3, 2021 | Science News
The coaita has neither pouches on the sides of his jaws, nor callosities on the posteriors: he has a very long prehensile tail.
Their tail is prehensile, naked underneath at the extremity, and very bushy over every other part.
His tail is not prehensile but flaccid, and half as long again as his head and body.
They grasped things with the strong prehensile grasp of the infant, rather than with the clutch of the miser.Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
The tall giraffe, with his prehensile lip, raised nearly twenty feet in the air, can browse upon these trees without difficulty.Popular Adventure Tales | Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for prehensile
adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support: a prehensile tail
- prehensility (ˌpriːhɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for prehensile
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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