tendril definition by Webster's New World
- a threadlike part of a climbing plant, often in a spiral form, supporting it by clinging to or coiling around an object
- a wispy or curly strand of hair, often clinging to the face or neck
Origin: earlier tendrell, probably altered ; from Middle English tendron, young tender shoot ; from Old French tendrum, ultimately ; from Classical Latin tener, tender
tendril definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A twisting, threadlike structure by which a twining plant, such as a grape or cucumber, grasps an object or a plant for support.
- Something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
Origin: French tendrillon, from Old French, diminutive of tendron, young shoot, from tendre, tender; see tender1.
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