Tentacle meaning

tĕntə-kəl
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(bot.) Any of various sensitive hairs on the leaves of some plants, as those used in capturing insects.
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The definition of a tentacle is a flexible arm used to touch and grab things, or the sensitive hairs on a plant leaf.

An example of a tentacle is one of the eight arms of an octopus.

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(botany) One of the sensitive hairs on the leaves of certain insectivorous plants, such as a sundew.
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A similar part or extension, especially with respect to the ability to grasp or stretch.

An espionage network with far-reaching tentacles.

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Any of a variety of long, slender, flexible growths, as about the head or mouth of some invertebrate animals, used variously for grasping, feeling, moving, etc.
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A narrow, flexible, unjointed part extending from the body of certain animals, such as an octopus, jellyfish, or sea anemone. Tentacles are used for feeling, grasping, or moving.
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An elongated, boneless, flexible organ or limb of some animals, such as the octopus and squid.
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Origin of tentacle

  • New Latin tentāculum from Latin tentāre to feel, try tentative

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

  • From New Latin tentaculum, from tentō.

    From Wiktionary