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Adjective: prehensile  pree'hen-sil or pree'hen,sI(-u)l [N. Amer], pree'hen,sI(-u)l [Brit]
  1. Adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object
    "a monkey's prehensile tail"
  2. Having a keen intellect
    "poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men"
  3. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees";
    - avaricious, covetous, grabby [N. Amer, informal], grasping, greedy

See also: acquisitive, intelligent

Antonym: nonprehensile

Encyclopedia: Prehensile