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tendril

[ten-dril] /ˈtɛn drɪl/
noun, Botany
1.
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
1530-1540
1530-40; earlier tendrel, variant (perhaps by dissimilation) of Middle English tendren, tendron < Middle French tendron shoot, sprout, cartilage
Related forms
tendrillar, tendrilous, adjective
tendrilly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tendrillar

tendril

/ˈtɛndrɪl/
noun
1.
a specialized threadlike part of a leaf or stem that attaches climbing plants to a support by twining or adhering
2.
something resembling a tendril, such as a wisp of hair
Derived Forms
tendrillar, tendrilous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old French tendron tendril (confused with Old French tendron bud), from Medieval Latin tendōtendon
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Word Origin and History for tendrillar

tendril

n.

1530s, from Middle French tendrillon "bud, shoot, cartilage," perhaps a diminutive of tendron "cartilage," from Old French tendre "soft" (see tender (adj.)), or else from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tender (v.)).

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tendrillar in Science
tendril
  (těn'drəl)   
A slender, coiling plant part, often a modified leaf or leaf part, that helps support the stem of some climbing angiosperms by clinging to or winding around an object. Peas, squash, and grapes produce tendrils.
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