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prehensile

adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support

prehensile

[prē′hen·səl]
(vertebrate zoology)
Adapted for seizing, grasping, or plucking, especially by wrapping around some object.
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Like some type of science fiction monster, their head is equipped with powerful prehensile limbs and poisonous fangs.
They are weirdly cute little creatures, with long black snouts, flickering snakelike tongues, prehensile tails, beady eyes and goofy-looking ears.
Gifted with long limbs and prehensile feet, she seems born to dance the master's repertoire.
Recognized by its long, bare, prehensile tail used during climbing, it is a primitive animal with a very small braincase.
The opener, Prehensile Dream, is classic Bad Plus stuff.
Most skinks live on the ground but monkey tails live in trees and have long curling prehensile tails to wrap around branches.
German performance artist Bridge Markland, who admits to an obsessive love of pin-striped suits, dons one of her favorites to transport a New York crowd back to the Weimar Republic, incarnating a bald masculine monster a la George Groz via starkly exaggerated facial expressions, a prehensile tongue and a fat black cigar.
Since, with current technology, wings wouldn't get me off the ground, could I have a prehensile tail, an inch in diameter, three feet long, with a sensitive tip, attached to the base of my spine?
The other two species of rhinos occur in Africa: The black rhino, smaller of the two, has a prehensile lip that allows the animal to browse on bushes for most of its food, while the white rhino, larger by 2,000 pounds or more, has a wide mouth adapted for grazing.
Our motivation for this comparative approach was two-fold: To begin with, a demonstration of similar kinematic characteristics in one- and two-effector prehensile actions would support the view that these may share the same control structures and largely follow the same constraints (for a discussion of constraints in motor control see e.g.
Some New World monkeys have prehensile (pree-HEN-sul) tails.
Autumn prehensile from day one, Equinox pushing through like a cold front from the west, Drizzle and dropped clouds, wired wind.