Something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
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.
A twisting, slender structure by which a plant, such as a grape or cucumber, twines around and often climbs an object or another plant.
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.
French tendrillonfrom Old French diminutive oftendronyoung shootfromtendretendertender1
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Tendril Sentence Examples
Opposite some of these leaves springs a tendril, by aid of which the plant climbs.
Labrusca there is a tendril opposite to each leaf, so that the podium bears only a single leaf.
Each podium consists of a portion of the stem bearing one or more leaves, each with an axillary bud or buds, and terminating in a tendril or an inflorescence.
Metamorphosis.It has already been pointed out that each kind of member of the body may present a variety of forms. For example, a stem may be a tree-trunk, or a twining stem, or a tendril, or a thorn, or a creeping rhizome, or a tuber; a leaf may be a green foliage-leaf, or a scale protecting a bud, or a tendril, or a pitcher, or a floral leaf, either sepal, petal, stamen or carpel (sporophyll); a root may be a fibrous root, or a swollen tap-root like that of the beet or the turnip. All these various forms are organs discharging some special function, and are examples of what Wolff called modification, and Goethe metamorphosis.
When a sensitive tendril comes into contact with a foreign body, its growth becomes so modified that it twines round it.