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