tentacle


ten·ta·cle

noun \ˈten-ti-kəl\

: one of the long, flexible arms of an animal (such as an octopus) that are used for grabbing things and moving

tentacles : power or influence that reaches into many areas

Full Definition of TENTACLE

1
:  any of various elongate flexible usually tactile or prehensile processes borne by animals and especially invertebrates chiefly on the head or about the mouth
2
a :  something that resembles a tentacle especially in or as if in grasping or feeling out <corruption spreading its tentacles>
b :  a sensitive hair or emergence on a plant (as the sundew)
ten·ta·cled \-kəld\ adjective

Examples of TENTACLE

  1. The corporation's tentacles are felt in every sector of the industry.
  2. the tentacles of organized crime

Origin of TENTACLE

New Latin tentaculum, from Latin tentare to feel, touch — more at tempt
First Known Use: circa 1762

Rhymes with TENTACLE

ten·ta·cle

noun \ˈtent-i-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TENTACLE

: any of various elongate flexible usually tactile or prehensile processes borne by animals chiefly on the head or about the mouth; especially : one of the threadlike processes bearing nematocysts that hang down from the margin of the umbrella of many jellyfishes

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