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英国发音:[prɪ'hensaɪl] [adj]

[of a part of an animal's body] able to hold things
Any part of an animal's body that can hold things or curl round something is prehensile. The monkey, for example, can hang upside down from the branch of a tree, by curling its tail round the branch; so the money�s tail is prehensile. So is the body of a serpent, because it can curl round things and hold on to them. Most animals are able to move about safely because of their prehensile parts of the body.