ten·​tac·​u·​lar | \ ten-ˈta-kyə-lər How to pronounce tentacular (audio) \

Definition of tentacular

1 : of, relating to, or resembling tentacles
2 : equipped with tentacles

Examples of tentacular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yi’s floating forms respond to the air in Turbine Hall in unpredictable ways, with each of the tentacular, bulbous creatures programmed to display its own set of behaviors. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Also in residence is a thing—a tentacular beast, which at first is dimly discernible, wine-red, glistening in a dark corner. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2021 The White Spikes are genuinely terrifying beasts — ghostly, tentacular, giant insectoids with beak-like mouths filled with fangs, who swarm like supersonic zombie flies. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 His vision of the power of statecraft, from its tentacular surveillance to its carceral system, is a dreadful, fatalistic realism that shadows the romance of individualistic outlaws with the bureaucratic grid above the grid. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 Credit Queen Latifah, who suffered from tentacular costumery as Ursula the Sea Witch. Darren Franich, EW.com, 6 Nov. 2019 While the tentacular creature threatens to take over the town, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) attempts to deal with the effects of his time in the Upside Down. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Oct. 2017 Yet no firm can match these tech titans’ tentacular reach into the everyday lives of Chinese consumers. The Economist, 5 Apr. 2018 The Chinese state relies upon private enterprise to implement social credit and extend its tentacular reach. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tentacular

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tentacular

borrowed from New Latin tentāculāris, from tentāculum tentacle + Latin -āris -ar

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21 Oct 2021

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“Tentacular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentacular. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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