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noun ten·dril \ˈten-drəl\

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

: something that is thin and curly

Full Definition of TENDRIL

:  a leaf, stipule, or stem modified into a slender spirally coiling sensitive organ serving to attach a climbing plant to its support
:  something suggestive of a tendril <creeping tendrils of fog>
ten·driled or ten·drilled \-drəld\ adjective
ten·dril·ous \-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

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
TENDRILED Defined for Kids


noun ten·dril \ˈten-drəl\

Definition of TENDRIL for Kids

:  a slender leafless winding stem by which some climbing plants attach themselves to a support
:  something that winds like a plant's tendril <tendrils of hair>


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