ten|dril [ˈtendrıl] n
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Perhaps from Old French tendron, from tendon 'tendon, tendril', from Medieval Latin tendo; TENDON]
1.) a thin leafless curling stem by which a climbing plant fastens itself to a support
2.) literary a thin curling piece of hair

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  • Tendril — Ten dril, n. [Shortened fr. OF. tendrillon, fr. F. tendre tender; hence, properly, the tender branch or spring of a plant: cf. F. tendrille. See {Tender}, a., and cf. {Tendron}.] (Bot.) A slender, leafless portion of a plant by which it becomes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tendril — Ten dril, a. Clasping; climbing as a tendril. [R.] Dyer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tendril — 1530s, from M.Fr. tendrillon bud, shoot, cartilage, perhaps a dim. of tendron cartilage, from O.Fr. tendre soft (see TENDER (Cf. tender) (adj.)), or else from L. tendere to stretch, extend (see TENDER (Cf. tender) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tendril — ► NOUN 1) a slender thread like appendage of a climbing plant, which stretches out and twines round any suitable support. 2) a slender ringlet of hair. ORIGIN probably from Old French tendron young shoot , from Latin tener tender …   English terms dictionary

  • tendril — [ten′drəl] n. [earlier tendrell, prob. altered < ME tendron, young tender shoot < OFr tendrum, ult. < L tener,TENDER1] 1. a threadlike part of a climbing plant, often in a spiral form, supporting it by clinging to or coiling around an… …   English World dictionary

  • tendril — tendrillar, tendrilous, adj. tendrilly, adj. /ten dril/, n. Bot. 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. [1530 40;… …   Universalium

  • Tendril — In botany, a tendril is a specialized stem, leaf or petiole with a threadlike shape that is used by climbing plants for support and attachment, generally by twining around whatever it touches. History The earliest and most comprehensive study of… …   Wikipedia

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  • tendril — UK [ˈtendrəl] / US [ˈtendrɪl] noun [countable] Word forms tendril : singular tendril plural tendrils 1) a long thin part of some plants that joins onto things and helps to support the plant 2) a thin curly piece of hair …   English dictionary

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