Origin of tendril
Examples from the Web for tendrils
As she leaned in to blow out the candles, tendrils of smoke wafted up above her head.
MACRO SHOT – The tendrils INTERWINE with gentle undulations.
The tendrils at the ends move with a life of their own, straining to be joined.
Vine-leaves and tendrils hung through the reed roofing overhead, and grape-clusters cast their classic shadow at our feet.In Morocco|Edith Wharton
Still other tendrils, as those of the sweet-pea and clematis, are parts of the leaf.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany|Douglas Houghton Campbell
Tendrils are still more sensitive to contact or light friction.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
The feathery branches brushed her face and caught the tendrils of her hair with their slender fingers.Queen Hildegarde|Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
No one has ever retained a stronger hold upon the tendrils of the Democratic heart than Andrew Jackson.A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories|Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Word Origin for tendril
1530s, from Middle French tendrillon "bud, shoot, cartilage," perhaps a diminutive of tendron "cartilage," from Old French tendre "soft" (see tender (adj.)), or else from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tender (v.)).