The library(explain) describes prolog-terms. The most useful functionality is its cross-referencing function.
?- explain(subset(_,_)). "subset(_, _)" is a compound term Referenced from 2-th clause of lists:subset/2 Referenced from 46-th clause of prolog_xref:imported/3 Referenced from 68-th clause of prolog_xref:imported/3 lists:subset/2 is a predicate defined in /staff/jan/lib/pl-5.6.17/library/lists.pl:307 Referenced from 2-th clause of lists:subset/2 Possibly referenced from 2-th clause of lists:subset/2
Note that the help-tool for XPCE provides a nice graphical cross-referencer.