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

adj adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object

“a monkey's prehensile tail”
not prehensile

adj 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

adj immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees”
avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy
eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas

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