[ ten-tuh-kuh l ]
/ ˈtɛn tə kəl /
Zoology. any of various slender, flexible processes or appendages in animals, especially invertebrates, that serve as organs of touch, prehension, etc.; feeler.
Botany. a sensitive filament or process, as one of the glandular hairs of the sundew.
, tent meeting
, tent show
, tent stitch
, tent trailer
Origin of tentacle
< New Latin tentāculum,
equivalent to Latin tentā(re
) (variant of temptāre
to feel, probe) + -culum -cule2
Related formsten·tac·u·lar [ten-tak-yuh-ler] /tɛnˈtæk yə lər/, adjectiveten·ta·cle·like, ten·tac·u·loid, adjectivein·ter·ten·tac·u·lar, adjectivesub·ten·tac·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tentacle
any of various elongated flexible organs that occur near the mouth in many invertebrates and are used for feeding, grasping, etc
any of the hairs on the leaf of an insectivorous plant that are used to capture prey
something resembling a tentacle, esp in its ability to reach out or grasp
Derived Formstentacled, adjectivetentacle-like or tentaculoid (tɛnˈtækjʊˌlɔɪd), adjectivetentacular (tɛnˈtækjʊlə), adjective
Word Origin for tentacle
C18: from New Latin tentāculum, from Latin tentāre, variant of temptāre to feel
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Word Origin and History for tentacle
1762, from Modern Latin tentaculum "feeler," from Latin tentare "to feel, try" (variant of temptare "to feel, try, test") + -culum, diminutive suffix.
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Medicine definitions for tentacle
An elongated, flexible, unsegmented extension, as one of those surrounding the mouth or oral cavity of the squid, used for feeling, grasping, or locomotion.
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Science definitions for tentacle
A narrow, flexible, unjointed part extending from the body of certain animals, such as an octopus, jellyfish, or sea anemone. Tentacles are used for feeling, grasping, or moving.
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