tendril

noun
ten·​dril | \ ˈten-drəl How to pronounce tendril (audio) \

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

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Other Words from tendril

tendriled or tendrilled \ ˈten-​drəld How to pronounce tendril (audio) \ adjective
tendrilous \ ˈten-​drə-​ləs How to pronounce tendril (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tendril in a Sentence

A few tendrils of hair framed her face.
Recent Examples on the Web One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 One large whirl captured by an infrared camera shows a thin tendril snaking high above the rest of the flames. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 This fabled 125-mile stretch of road runs alongside a slender tendril of water called Turnagain Arm before ascending into the dramatic Chugach and Kenai Mountains, where ancient glaciers wink through summertime greenery. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of tendril

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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The first known use of tendril was in 1538

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18 Oct 2021

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“Tendril.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendril. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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tendril

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tendril

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

tendril

noun
ten·​dril | \ ˈten-drəl How to pronounce tendril (audio) \

Kids Definition of tendril

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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