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
tendrilledplay \-drəld\ adjective
tendrilousplay \-drə-ləs\ adjective
Examples of tendril in a Sentence
A few tendrils of hair framed her face.
Recent Examples of tendril from the Web
The tendril beside the stem that connects the watermelon to the vine will shrivel up.
At Pandora’s Hair Design in Highlandtown, Clara Tana Weber unwinds her client’s rollers one by one, teasing her tendrils into larger blonde tufts with a comb.
Sprinkle in the mint, pea tendrils, and vinaigrette and toss to dress.
Using early photographic techniques, Atkins portrayed the aquatic organisms as ethereal tufts and tendrils floating over vibrant blue backgrounds.
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Origin and Etymology 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 1tender
First Known Use: 1538
TENDRIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tendril for English Language Learners
: the thin stem of a climbing plant that attaches to walls, fences, etc.
: something that is thin and curly
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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