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tendril

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noun ten·dril \ˈten-drəl\

Simple Definition of tendril

  • : the thin stem of a climbing plant that attaches to walls, fences, etc.

  • : something that is thin and curly

Full Definition of tendril

  1. 1 :  a leaf, stipule, or stem modified into a slender spirally coiling sensitive organ serving to attach a climbing plant to its support

  2. 2 :  something suggestive of a tendril <creeping tendrils of fog>

ten·driled or ten·drilled play \-drəld\ adjective
ten·dril·ous play \-drə-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tendril

  1. A few tendrils of hair framed her face.



Illustration of tendril

Origin of tendril

probably modification of Middle French tendron bud, cartilage, alteration of Old French tenrum, from Vulgar Latin *tenerumen, from Latin tener tender — more at tender


First Known Use: 1538


TENDRIL Defined for Kids

tendril

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noun ten·dril \ˈten-drəl\

Definition of tendril

  1. 1 :  a slender leafless winding stem by which some climbing plants attach themselves to a support

  2. 2 :  something that winds like a plant's tendril <tendrils of hair>




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