Part of speech: adjective

Adapted for grasping or holding.

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Usage examples "prehensile":

  1. His hands were small and prehensile, with fingers knotted like a cord; and they were continually flickering in front of him in violent and expressive pantomime. - "New-Arabian-Nights", Stevenson, Robert Louis.
  2. He was furnished with a spiked umbrella, a green tin box, and a particularly thin pair of boots; for he wished to prove the accuracy of a theory that man, being descended from the apes, might properly use his feet as prehensile members, and he held that this additional aid would prove valuable on rocks. - "Above the Snow Line", Clinton Thomas Dent.
  3. In the morning all the reckonings of the trip were settled at a desk beside my bunk, the men moving around with the prehensile tread of the villain who goes round a corner in the moving- picture films. - "Seeds of Pine", Janey Canuck.