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; < F préhensile (coined by Buffon), equiv. to L prehens(us) (see PREHENSION) + F -ile -ILE]

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