Definitions for tentacleˈtɛn tə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ten•ta•cleˈtɛn tə kəl(n.)

  1. any of various slender, flexible processes or appendages in animals, esp. invertebrates, that serve as organs of touch, prehension, etc.; feeler.

    Category: Zoology

  2. a sensitive filament or hair on a plant, as one of the hairs of the sundew.

    Category: Botany

Origin of tentacle:

1755–65; < NL tentāculum= L tentā(re), var. of temptāre to feel, probe +-culum -cle2

ten•tac′u•lar-ˈtæk yə lər(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tentacle(noun)

    something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold

    "caught in the tentacles of organized crime"

  2. tentacle(noun)

    any of various elongated tactile or prehensile flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling or grasping or locomotion

Wiktionary

  1. tentacle(Noun)

    An elongated, boneless, flexible organ or limb of some animals, such as the octopus and squid.

  2. Origin: From tentaculum, from tento.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tentacle(noun)

    a more or less elongated process or organ, simple or branched, proceeding from the head or cephalic region of invertebrate animals, being either an organ of sense, prehension, or motion

Freebase

  1. Tentacle

    In zoology a tentacle is a flexible, mobile, elongated organ present in some species of animals, most of them invertebrates. In animal anatomy tentacles usually occur in one or more pairs. Anatomically, the tentacles of animals work mainly like muscular hydrostats. Most forms of tentacles are used for grasping and feeding. Many are sensory organs, variously receptive to touch, vision, or to the smell or taste of particular foods or threats. Examples of such tentacles are the tentacles or "eye stalks" of various kinds of snails. Some kinds of tentacles have both sensory and manipulatory functions. The word tentillum literally means "little tentacle". However, irrespective of size, it usually refers to a side branch of a larger tentacle. In some cases such tentilla are specialised for particular functions; for example, in the Cnidaria tentilla usually bear cnidocytes, whereas in the Ctenophora they usually bear collocytes. In botany "tentacle" refers to the glandular hairs on the leaves of some species of insectivorous plants, such as Drosera. This usage is not to be confused with organs such as the tendrils of climbing plants.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. tentacle

    A covert pseudo, sense 1. An artificial identity created in cyberspace for nefarious and deceptive purposes. The implication is that a single person may have multiple tentacles. This term was originally floated in some paranoid ravings on the cypherpunks list (see cypherpunk), and adopted in a spirit of irony by other, saner members. It has since shown up, used seriously, in the documentation for some remailer software, and is now (1994) widely recognized on the net. Compare astroturfing, sock puppet.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tentacle(noun)

a long, thin, flexible arm-like or horn-like part of an animal, used to feel, grasp etc

An octopus has eight tentacles.

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