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tendril

Syllabification: ten·dril
Pronunciation: /ˈtendrəl
 
/

Definition of tendril in English:

noun

1A slender threadlike appendage of a climbing plant, often growing in a spiral form, that stretches out and twines around any suitable support.
Example sentences
  • Shoots were cut, divided into stems with broad leaves, tendrils, flowers, and fruits.
  • The plant climbs by means of tendrils and is best grown in a composted soil supported by a fence or trellis.
  • The plants produce an abundance of tendrils and can support themselves if planted about 1 inch apart.
1.1Something resembling a plant tendril, especially a slender curl or ringlet of hair.
Example sentences
  • She is radiantly attired in a pink designer dress, with her hair curled in tendrils.
  • Her hair was thrown in a slightly messy ponytail that let tendrils of golden tawny hair fall in curls around her face.
  • Her rich, dark chocolate hair cascaded down her back in loose curled tendrils.

Origin

mid 16th century: probably a diminutive of Old French tendron 'young shoot', from Latin tener 'tender'.

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