Definitions for: Prehensile


[adj] immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
[adj] adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object; "a monkey's prehensile tail"
[adj] having a keen intellect; "poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre*hen"sile, a. [L. prehensus, p. p. of prehendere
to lay hold of, seize; pre- (equiv. to prae before) + hendere
(in comp.), akin to E. get: cf. F. pr['e]hensile. See Get,
and cf. Prison, Prize, n.]
Adapted to seize or grasp; seizing; grasping; as, the
prehensile tail of a monkey.

Synonyms: acquisitive, avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, intelligent

Antonyms: nonprehensile

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