ETYM Latin prehensus, p. p. of prehendere to lay hold of, seize; pre- (equiv. to prae before) + hendere (in comp.), akin to Eng. get: cf. French préhensile. Related to Get, Prison, Prize.
1. Adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object.
2. Having a keen intellect.
3. Capable of or adapted for grasping.