tendril [ ten-dril ] SHOW IPA / ˈtɛn drɪl / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Botany. a threadlike, leafless organ of climbing plants, often growing in spiral form, which attaches itself to or twines round some other body, so as to support the plant.
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Origin of tendril
tendrel, variant (perhaps by dissimilation) of Middle English tendren, tendron<Middle French tendron shoot, sprout, cartilage OTHER WORDS FROM tendril ten·dril·lar, ten·dril·ous, adjective ten·dril·ly, adjective
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How to use tendril in a sentence
tendrils of a lichen, here and there twining on a damp mass of stone, are the only traces of life.
Across the hollow
tendrils the old chief guided the bidarka silently, in a zigzag course. Tendrils have reached into us for the past few years, probed, and then withdrawn before they were recognized.
The wind had blown her dark hair into little
tendrils about her face, and there was a sparkle of anger in her eyes. British Dictionary definitions for tendril noun a specialized threadlike part of a leaf or stem that attaches climbing plants to a support by twining or adhering something resembling a tendril, such as a wisp of hair Derived forms of tendril tendrillar or tendrilous, adjective Word Origin for tendril
C16: perhaps from Old French
tendron tendril (confused with Old French tendron bud), from Medieval Latin tendō tendon
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Scientific definitions for tendril A slender, coiling plant part, often a modified leaf or leaf part, that helps support the stem of some climbing angiosperms by clinging to or winding around an object. Peas, squash, and grapes produce tendrils.
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