- 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 tender 1.