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Meaning of TENDRIL

Pronunciation:  'tendril

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  slender stemlike structure by which some twining plants attach themselves to an object for support

TENDRIL is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: cirrhus, cirrus, plant part



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ten"dril\, n. [Shortened fr. OF. tendrillon, fr. F.
    tendre tender; hence, properly, the tender branch or spring
    of a plant: cf. F. tendrille. See {Tender}, a., and cf.
    {Tendron}.] (Bot.)
    A slender, leafless portion of a plant by which it becomes
    attached to a supporting body, after which the tendril
    usually contracts by coiling spirally.
    Note: Tendrils may represent the end of a stem, as in the
          grapevine; an axillary branch, as in the passion
          flower; stipules, as in the genus Smilax; or the end of
          a leaf, as in the pea.
  2. \Ten"dril\, a.
    Clasping; climbing as a tendril. [R.] --Dyer.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A slender climbing organ formed by modification of a part of a plant, such as a stem, a leaf or leaflet, or a stipule.