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3 definitions found
 for Prehensile
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prehensile \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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prehensile
      adj 1: adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an
             object; "a monkey's prehensile tail" [ant:
             nonprehensile]
      2: having a keen intellect; "poets--those gifted strangely
         prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch
      3: 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" [syn: avaricious, covetous,
         grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "prehensile":
     acquisitive, all-knowing, apperceptive, appercipient, apprehending,
     apprehensive, aware, clawed, cognizant, comprehending, conscious,
     dentate, desirous, digital, digitate, digitated, fanged, fingered,
     grabby, grasping, greedy, insightful, intelligent, itchy, jawed,
     knowing, knowledgeable, mindful, omniscient, perceptive,
     percipient, perspicacious, raptorial, sagacious, sensible, shrewd,
     taloned, toothed, understanding, wise
  
  

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