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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from French tentaculaire. By surface analysis, tentacolo (tentacle) +‎ -are (adjective-forming suffix).


tentacolare (plural tentacolari)

  1. tentacular
  2. sprawling
  3. (figuratively, by extension) that expands more and more its power or influence; powerful
    • 2020 September 10, Viola Stefanello, “Usa, la città di Portland vieta ogni tecnologia di riconoscimento facciale [US, the city of Portland bans every face-recognition technology]”, in la Repubblica[1]:
      Un apparato di sorveglianza tentacolare e invisibile, pericoloso per la privacy e costruito sotto il naso del pubblico da tech company, forze dell'ordine e aziende.
      A powerful and invisible surveillance apparatus, dangerous for privacy and constructed under the nose of the public by tech companies, law enforcement and businesses.

Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1921.


tentacolàre (first-person singular present tentàcolo, first-person singular past historic tentacolài, past participle tentacolàto, auxiliary avére) (rare)

  1. (transitive) to wrap with tentacles
  2. (intransitive) to sprawl [auxiliary avere]