Definitions for tendrilˈtɛn drɪl
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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
In botany, a tendril is a specialized stem, leaf or petiole with a threadlike shape that is used by climbing plants for support, attachment and cellular invasion by parasitic plants, generally by twining around suitable hosts. They do not have a lamina or blade, but they can photosynthesize. They can be formed from modified shoots, modified leaves, or auxiliary branches and are sensitive to airborne chemicals, often determining the direction of growth, as in species of Cuscuta.
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