Prehensile means "able to grasp" and often refers to such body parts as claws, feet, and tails. Elephants curl their prehensile noses around objects in order to pick them up.

Prehensile is an adjective that comes from a French word for “grasped.” Humans and other primates (like monkeys, lemurs, and gorillas) have prehensile hands with curling fingers for grasping — a definite advantage over dogs, for instance, who can’t use a pencil when poetic inspiration strikes them. Prehensile can also mean "greedy" or "grasping for riches."

Definitions of prehensile
  1. adjective
    adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object
    “a monkey's prehensile tail”
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    not prehensile
  2. adjective
    having a keen intellect
    “"poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch”
    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
  3. adjective
    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees”
    synonyms: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy
    eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
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