From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prehensile \Pre*hen"sile\, a. [L. prehensus, p. p. of prehendere
   to lay hold of, seize; pre- (equiv. to prae before) + hendere
   (in comp.), akin to E. get: cf. F. pr['e]hensile. See Get,
   and cf. Prison, Prize, n.]
   Adapted to seize or grasp; seizing; grasping; as, the
   prehensile tail of a monkey.
   [1913 Webster]
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