Origin of prehensile
Related Words for prehensilerapacious, selfish, hungry, impatient, eager, wishful, penny-pinching, mean, avaricious, avid, covetous, demanding, desirous, grasping, greedy, predatory, grabby, acquisitive, carnivorous, close
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Historical Examples of prehensile
And where is his monkey that first lost the prehensile power to climb trees?Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Not all the monkeys of America possess this prehensile power of tail.
What is wanted is the comprehensive hand, and not the prehensile tail.The History of Dartmouth College
Baxter Perry Smith
The tip of its tail, strange to say, is prehensile, just like that of a spider-monkey.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
They form, in some sort, the prehensile organs which seize the aliment.The Ocean World:
Word Origin for 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.)).