Learn English – Word or Phrase for a lack of “manual dexterity” (overall, including animals and humans)


I'm looking for a word that describes the lack of "manual dexterity" (humans, apes, similar animals).

Basically, most animals with paws, fins or hooves would usually fit into that category but it should also be applicable to a person with no fingers, hands or limbs.

Or, alternatively, a word for "(physically) unable to use tools due to lack of appropriate limbs (usually fingers)"

Is there a word or term for this?

Best Answer

Prehensile means able to grab or hold something, and has the antonym Nonprehensile. This is probably the closest single word to describing an animal that is unable to use tools.

It seems to be commonly used in the world of robotics, but could equally apply to animals.