noun see prehensile

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  • Prehensility — or Prehensile is the quality of an appendage or organ that has adapted for grasping or holding. The hands of primates are all prehensile to varying degrees, and many species have prehensile feet as well. The claws of cats are also prehensile.… …   Wikipedia

  • prehensility — See prehensile. * * * …   Universalium

  • prehensility — prɪːhen sɪlÉ™tɪ n. quality of being capable of grasping, quality of being able to take hold, quality of being capable of seizing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prehensility — pre·hen·sil·i·ty …   English syllables

  • prehensility — noun see prehensile …   Useful english dictionary

  • prehensile — prehensility /pree hen sil i tee/, n. /pri hen sil, suyl/, adj. 1. adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail. 2. able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp. 3. greedy; grasping; avaricious. [1781 85; <… …   Universalium

  • Prehensile feet — are lower limbs that possess prehensility, the ability to grasp like a hand. They are most commonly observed in monkeys, who similarly possess prehensile tails, and apes.Due to the development of bipedalism in humans, the hands became the focus… …   Wikipedia

  • primate — primatal, adj., n. primatial /pruy may sheuhl/, primatical /pruy mat i keuhl/, adj. /pruy mayt/ or, esp. for 1, /pruy mit/, n. 1. Eccles. an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country. 2. any of various… …   Universalium

  • prehensile — adjective Etymology: French préhensile, from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere to seize more at get Date: circa 1785 1. adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around < prehensile tail > 2. gifted with mental grasp or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thumb — For other uses, see Thumb (disambiguation). Thumb The Thumb. Latin pollex, digitus primus, digitus I Artery …   Wikipedia

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