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prehensile (adj.)

1771, from French préhensile "adapted for grasping" (Buffon), from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere "to grasp, seize, get hold of," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + -hendere, from PIE root *ghend- "to seize, take."

Latin -hendere perhaps is related to hedera "ivy," via the notion of "clinging." De Vaan writes, "Of course, ivy is a climbing (or ground-creeping) plant, and one may surmise that its name means 'the grabbing one', but this is just a guess, especially since the morphology is uncommon: no s-stem of this root is attested elsewhere in IE."

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Definitions of prehensile from WordNet

prehensile (adj.)
adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object;
a monkey's prehensile tail
prehensile (adj.)
having a keen intellect; "poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch;
prehensile (adj.)
immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth;
prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees
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