Word of the Week

prehensile

adjective \pree-HEN-sil\

1 : adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around
2 : gifted with mental grasp or moral or aesthetic perception

Did You Know?

You may be familiar with prehensile from the animal world: monkeys have prehensile tails, elephants have prehensile trunks, giraffes have prehensile tongues, etc. But can you comprehend where this word comes from? Can you apprehend its derivation? The Latin verb prehendere, meaning “to seize or grasp,” is the ancestor of a number of English terms, including comprehend, apprehend, and prehensile. Prehensile came into English in the 18th century via French pr√©hensile, from Latin prehensus, the past participle of prehendere. – from www.Merriam-Webster.com