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 Credit Queen Latifah, who suffered from tentacular costumery as Ursula the Sea Witch. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Well The Little Mermaid Live! just wasn't much of anything," 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, "The New Stranger Things Trailer Teases an Even Scarier Monster," 13 Oct. 2017 Yet no firm can match these tech titans’ tentacular reach into the everyday lives of Chinese consumers. The Economist, "Online retailers go offline in China," 5 Apr. 2018 The Chinese state relies upon private enterprise to implement social credit and extend its tentacular reach. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, "China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious," 14 Feb. 2018 Carillion has had a tentacular reach in Britain, not just in the running of schools and prisons, but in building hospitals, railways and thousands of homes for the Ministry of Defense. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, "Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government," 15 Jan. 2018 As Baby Groot’s companions battle the tentacular horror in the background, we’re treated to the delightful spectacle of the mini-veggie juking his way through the opening credits. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Twice Is (Still) the Charm," 5 May 2017

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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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“Tentacular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentacular. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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