Definitions for tendrilˈtɛn drɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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.
Origin of tendril:
1530–40; earlier tendrel, alter. of ME tendren, tendron < MF tendron sprout, cartilage, prob. alter., by suffix substitution, of tendrum < VL *tenerūmen = L tener tender1+ -ūmen n. suffix
slender stem-like structure by which some twining plants attach themselves to an object for support
A thin, spirally coiling stem that attaches a plant to its support.
A hair-like tentacle.
a slender, leafless portion of a plant by which it becomes attached to a supporting body, after which the tendril usually contracts by coiling spirally
clasping; climbing as a tendril