tentacle

noun ten·ta·cle \ ˈten-ti-kəl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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 (such as the sundew)

tentacled

play \-kəld\ adjective

Examples of tentacle in a Sentence

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

  2. the tentacles of organized crime

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Origin and Etymology of tentacle

New Latin tentaculum, from Latin tentare to feel, touch — more at tempt


TENTACLE Defined for English Language Learners

tentacle

noun

Definition of tentacle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TENTACLE Defined for Kids

tentacle

noun ten·ta·cle \ ˈten-tə-kəl \

Definition of tentacle for Students

:one of the long thin flexible parts that stick out around the head or the mouth of an animal (as a jellyfish or sea anemone) and are used especially for feeling or grasping

Medical Dictionary

tentacle

noun ten·ta·cle \ ˈtent-i-kəl \

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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