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Meaning of PREHENSILE

Pronunciation:  pri'hensil

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [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"
  2. [adj]  adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object; "a monkey's prehensile tail"
  3. [adj]  having a keen intellect; "poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"- A.T.Quiller-Couch
 

PREHENSILE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 

 

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