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 : a leaf, stipule, or stem modified into a slender spirally coiling sensitive organ serving to attach a climbing plant to its support
2 : something suggestive of a tendril <creeping tendrils of fog>
Examples of tendril in a sentence
A few tendrils of hair framed her face.
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
Definition of tendril for Students
1 : a slender leafless winding stem by which some climbing plants attach themselves to a support
2 : something that winds like a plant's tendril <tendrils of hair>
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