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A.Word.A.Day--prehensile

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This week's theme: coined words.

prehensile (pri-HEN-sil, -syl) adjective

1. Capable of seizing or grasping, especially by wrapping around.

2. Skilled at keen perception or mental grasp of an idea or concept.

3. Greedy.

[From French prehensile, coined by French naturalist Georges Louis Leclerc De Buffon, from Latin prehensus.]

See more usage examples of prehensile in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"The drugstore toothbrush rack has become a circus of ergonomic grips, flexing heads, and prehensile gum-probes -- an entire retail sector transformed by design." Philip Nobel; Can Design in America Avoid the Style Trap?; The New York Times; Nov 26, 2000.

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