Tendril definition

tĕndrəl
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Something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
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A slender, coiling plant part, often a modified leaf or leaf part, that helps support the stem of some climbing angiosperms by clinging to or winding around an object. Peas, squash, and grapes produce tendrils.
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A twisting, slender structure by which a plant, such as a grape or cucumber, twines around and often climbs an object or another plant.
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A threadlike part of a climbing plant, often in a spiral form, supporting it by clinging to or coiling around an object.
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A wispy or curly strand of hair, often clinging to the face or neck.
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(botany) A thin, spirally coiling stem that attaches a plant to its support.
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(zoology) A hair-like tentacle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tendril
Plural:
tendrils

Origin of tendril

  • French tendrillon from Old French diminutive of tendron young shoot from tendre tender tender1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition