- 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 of tendrilearlier tendrell, probably altered ; from Middle English tendron, young tender shoot ; from Old French tendrum, ultimately ; from Classical Latin tener, tender
- A twisting, slender structure by which a plant, such as a grape or cucumber, twines around and often climbs an object or another plant.
- Something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
Origin of tendrilFrench tendrillon, from Old French, diminutive of tendron, young shoot, from tendre, tender; see tender1.