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prehensile

 [pre-hen´sil]
adapted for grasping or seizing.

pre·hen·sile

(prē-hen'sil),
Adapted for taking hold of or grasping.
[L. prehendo, pp. -hensus, to lay hold of, seize]

prehensile

/pre·hen·sile/ (-hen´sil) adapted for grasping or seizing.

prehensile

[-hen′sil]
Etymology: L, prehendre, to seize
able to grasp.

pre·hen·sile

(prē-hen'sil)
Adapted for taking hold of or grasping.
[L. prehendo, pp. -hensus, to lay hold of, seize]

prehensile

adapted for holding or grasping, as are the tails of many New World monkeys.

prehensile

adapted to grasp

prehensile

adapted for grasping or seizing.
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Washington, August 25 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of predatory crustaceans in the Canary Islands, which have a head equipped with long antennae for eyes, powerful prehensile limbs and poisonous fangs.
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One of them gazed placidly at us from about 6 feet away, then leaned over the fence to chew on a bush, unleashing its long, black, prehensile tongue.
When he grows up, he files down his horns to fit better into his new life among humans--as if everyone would forget he is a 7-foot red demon with a prehensile tail and an enormous stone forearm.
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Or, if we withdraw the gorilla because he's bigger, compare the aggressiveness of a man with that of some of the smaller primates--for instance, the charming and cuddly-looking woolly monkey of South America, who, if he takes offense, will hurtle from a treetop onto your shoulders, get a stranglehold on your throat with his prehensile tail, and claw at your face and eyes while hammering his sharp canine teeth repeatedly into the top of your skull.
The thumb endures half of the workload of the prehensile hand and is therefore subject to all forms of arthritic changes.
Their eyes are developed for night vision and their prehensile tails also function in part as a rudder for their jumps from branch to branch.