tendril

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French tendrillon (bud, shoot, cartilage), perhaps a diminutive of tendron (cartilage), from Old French tendre (soft) (see tender (adj.)), or else from Latin tendere (to stretch, extend) (see tender (v.)).

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Noun[edit]

tendril (plural tendrils)

  1. (botany) A thin, spirally coiling stem that attaches a plant to its support.
  2. (zoology) A hair-like tentacle.

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Adjective[edit]

tendril (not comparable)

  1. Having the shape or properties of a tendril; thin and coiling; entwining.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 275:
      Kissing the tendril fingers - at first because Mina, its mother, did not - but later with a rapture begot by its breath on her breast.

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