Definition of tentacle in English:
1A slender flexible limb or appendage in an animal, especially around the mouth of an invertebrate, used for grasping, moving about, or bearing sense organs.
- The feature shared by this group is the lophophore, an unusual feeding appendage bearing hollow tentacles.
- These feet are long, thin, flexible tentacles ending in tiny suction cups.
- The tentacles around the mouth are disposed in concentric circles, usually forming a series of radial lines rather than being alternately arranged.
1.1(In a plant) a tendril or a sensitive glandular hair.
- The mychorrhizal fungi live on the roots and physically extend the plant's reach for nutrients and water with hairlike tentacles called hyphae.
- It was partially obscured by the wilted tentacles of a suspended epiphyte.
- Nearby spread the prehistoric-looking tentacles of Welwitschia plants that date from the age of the dinosaurs.
1.3 (usually tentacles) An insidious spread of influence and control: the Party’s tentacles reached into every nook and cranny of people’s lives
More example sentences
- The bank grew three fold in its network in the '70s and spread its tentacles in seven other states.
- The drought has spread its tentacles deep inside the jungle.
- In China, 17 percent of the population has yet to hear of AIDS, even as the disease spreads its tentacles there.
- [also in combination]Example sentences
- We knew that this monster is hydra-headed, many tentacled.
- The common space between offices is dominated by a series of sculptures, such as a cross between an acorn and a human head and a freestanding metallic, tentacled thing strewn across the floor.
- Nationally-protected tentacled lagoon worms were discovered at the site of the £124m Channel Tunnel Rail Link bridge works over the River Medway.
- Example sentences
- The grands corps were the powerhouses of the state, and established a tentacular grasp on other key institutions.
- The response consists of tentacular writhing and mouth opening and is similar to the feeding response seen in A. pallida.
- Davidson emphasized the Port Authority's openness to criticism by showing how the plan incorporates the original terminal's tentacular tubes, omitted from a first scheme.
- Example sentences
- The size of the tube of Eodiorygma is only slightly greater than that of the feeding stage of Symbion, which has a U-shaped alimentary tract, tentaculate apparatus, and larval ability to settle on live tissue.
- Two tentaculate surface deposit feeders, Streblospio benedicti and Marenzelleria viridis were tested; one in the laboratory and one in the field.
- But look carefully and you will see the tentaculate zooids that confirm their animal nature.
Words that rhyme with tentaclepentacle
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