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Daemon
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prehensile

(adjective) Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.

Synonyms: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy

Usage: His prehensile employers were so stingy that they replaced their workers' annual bonus with a keychain worth less than a dollar.
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prehensile
Definition: (adjective) Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.
Synonyms: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy
Usage: His prehensile employers were so stingy that they replaced their workers' annual bonus with a keychain worth less than a dollar.
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(chiefly of an animal's limb or tail) capable of grasping.
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Human and Primate Prehensile Hands




Tinggu
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"Capable of grasping" means what is says.......like the photo above or a seahorse's or possum's tail. To suggest that it means "Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth" without the root meaning is misleading. Not the first time I have disagreed with the definitions here. While a certain word may have developed a particular meaning I think it is a mistake to take that as the complete definition without mentioning the origin and more widely accepted usage. The Latin "prehendere" simply means to grasp. To suggest it simply means greedy misses the point. Just my 2 bob's worth!
Irma Crespo
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prehensile

Definition: (adjective) Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.
Synonyms: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy
Gary Baker
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Daemon wrote:
prehensile

(adjective) Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.

Synonyms: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy

Usage: His prehensile employers were so stingy that they replaced their workers' annual bonus with a keychain worth less than a dollar.


This referred to prehensile toes and fingers when I went to school?? Think
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 1:20:16 PM

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Was that the only definition given? Eh? Eh?

I've never heard it used that way, and I've known the word 'prehensile' since I was about twelve (fifty-odd years ago).

prehensile (prɪˈhɛnsaɪl)
adj
(Zoology) adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support: a prehensile tail. Also: prehensive or prehensory
[C18: from French préhensile, from Latin prehendere to grasp]
prehensility n

Collins English Dictionary

That entry by Daemon is highly misleading. d'oh! d'oh!

That is NOT what the word means. Liar Liar


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