tendril

noun ten·dril \ ˈten-drəl \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

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

tendriled

or tendrilled play \ˈten-drəld\ adjective

tendrilous

play \ˈten-drə-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tendril in a Sentence

  1. A few tendrils of hair framed her face.

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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


TENDRIL Defined for English Language Learners

tendril

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

tendril

noun ten·dril \ ˈten-drəl \

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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