[pri-hen-sil, -sahyl] /prɪˈhɛn sɪl, -saɪl/
adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something:
a prehensile tail.
able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp.
greedy; grasping; avaricious.
adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support: a prehensile tail
1771, from French préhensile “adapted for grasping” (Buffon), from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere “to grasp, to seize,” from prae- “before” (see pre-) + -hendere, related to hedera “ivy,” via notion of “clinging,” and cognate with Greek khandanein “to take in, hold” (see get (v.)).
prehensile pre·hen·sile (prē-hěn’səl, -sīl’)
Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object.
pre’hen·sil’i·ty (-sĭl’ĭ-tē) n.
Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object. The feet of many birds, the tails of monkeys, and the trunks of elephants are prehensile.
[prej-uh-dish-uh l] /ˌprɛdʒ əˈdɪʃ əl/ adjective 1. causing or disadvantage; detrimental. /ˌprɛdʒʊˈdɪʃəl/ adjective 1. causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging adj. early 15c., “causing prejudice;” 1530s, “full of prejudice,” from prejudice (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French prejudicial and directly from Medieval Latin prejudicialis “injurious,” from Latin praeiudicium.
[prep-uh-zish-uh n] /ˌprɛp əˈzɪʃ ən/ noun, Grammar. 1. any member of a class of words found in many languages that are used before nouns, pronouns, or other substantives to form phrases functioning as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives, and that typically express a spatial, temporal, or other relationship, as in, on, by, to, since. […]
[non-pri-skrip-shuh n] /ˌnɒn prɪˈskrɪp ʃən/ adjective 1. (of drugs, medication, etc.) legally available for purchase without a doctor’s ; over-the-counter. nonprescription non·pre·scrip·tion (nŏn’prĭ-skrĭp’shən) adj. Sold legally without a physician’s prescription; over-the-counter.
[pri-skrip-tiv] /prɪˈskrɪp tɪv/ adjective 1. that ; giving directions or injunctions: a prescriptive letter from an anxious father. 2. depending on or arising from effective legal , as a right or title established by a long unchallenged tenure. /prɪˈskrɪptɪv/ adjective 1. making or giving directions, rules, or injunctions 2. sanctioned by long-standing usage or custom […]