|1.||any of various elongated flexible organs that occur near the mouth in many invertebrates and are used for feeding, grasping, etc|
|2.||any of the hairs on the leaf of an insectivorous plant that are used to capture prey|
|3.||something resembling a tentacle, esp in its ability to reach out or grasp|
|[C18: from New Latin tentāculum, from Latin tentāre, variant of temptāre to feel]|
tentacle ten·ta·cle (těn'tə-kəl)
An elongated, flexible, unsegmented extension, as one of those surrounding the mouth or oral cavity of the squid, used for feeling, grasping, or locomotion.
|tentacle (těn'tə-kəl) Pronunciation Key
A narrow, flexible, unjointed part extending from the body of certain animals, such as an octopus, jellyfish, or sea anemone. Tentacles are used for feeling, grasping, or moving.