Pronounced: EF-uh-bull, adj

Notes: This is a word you may know, but I didn’t

Yesterday’s word

The word prehensible means “able to be seized or grasped”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

I confused our word with ‘prehensile’, and they have similar meanings: ‘prehensile’ means “adapted for seizing or grasping or taking hold of something” – see the meaning of our word above. Our word came from the Latin word prehēnsus, the past participle of prehendere (to seize), made of pre- (before) and hendere (to grasp) . By contrast, ‘prehensile’ came to us from French, and into French from the same Latin word as our word.

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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