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opposable

(of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits so as to be able to touch the ends of each
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The first new ad, Thumb Cats, goes live on 28 February and features a man pondering what life would be like if cats had opposable thumbs and went after his Cravendale.
Roger Martin in his book, The Opposable Mind, provides the reader with an introduction to integrative thinking.
The article, a preview of his forthcoming book, The Opposable Mind, was widely acclaimed.
The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking, Roger Martin, Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press, 2007, 224 pages.
The Opposable Mind is sparing in its use of charts and diagrams, but it is Martin's words and ideas that carry the day.
Generally students are not sure about suicide, homosexuality, opposable thumbs, bipedality, emotions (of course, their dogs show emotions), and abstract thought.
Cheeta is handy with a paintbrush because, like humans, chimpanzees and other apes have opposable thumbs, says Anne Pusey, a primatologist at the University of Minnesota.
Chimps, via sign language, tell Indications that an opposable thumb generously shared for grooming purposes is the ultimate icebreaker for getting some interspecies sugar.
Time is of the essence, and without opposable thumbs, the magic of the moment would be gone - very embarrassing for the males.
opposable thumbs that won't save us from ourselves,
If I were a CEO, the last place I'd turn for evolutionary advice would be to someone with a memory no longer than my opposable thumb.
Opposable fingers and toes on its front and back feet give Phyllomedusa bicolor a great climbing grip, and help explain why it's called a monkey frog.