tentacle

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin tentaculum, from tentō.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛntəkəl/, /ˈtɛntɨkəl/
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Noun[edit]

tentacle (plural tentacles)

  1. An elongated, boneless, flexible organ or limb of some animals, such as the octopus and squid.
    • 1873, Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
      With one blow of the axe, Captain Nemo cut this formidable tentacle, that slid wriggling down the ladder.
    • 1897, H. G. Wells, The Crystal Egg
      The body was small, but fitted with two bunches of prehensile organs, like long tentacles, immediately under the mouth.
    • 1936, H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out of Time
      Surmounting this head were four slender grey stalks bearing flower-like appendages, whilst from its nether side dangled eight greenish antennae or tentacles.

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tentacle m (plural tentacles)

  1. tentacle