tendrilous

tendril

[ten-dril]
noun Botany.
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:
1530–40; earlier tendrel, variant (perhaps by dissimilation) of Middle English tendren, tendron < Middle French tendron shoot, sprout, cartilage

tendrillar, tendrilous, adjective
tendrilly, adjective
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tendril (ˈtɛndrɪl)
 
n
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
 
[C16: perhaps from Old French tendron tendril (confused with Old French tendron bud), from Medieval Latin tendōtendon]
 
'tendrillar
 
adj
 
'tendrilous
 
adj

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tendril
1538, from M.Fr. tendrillon "bud, shoot, cartilage," perhaps a dim. of tendron "cartilage," from O.Fr. tendre "soft" (see tender (adj.)), or else from L. tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tender (v.)).
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tendril   (těn'drəl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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