tendril 1530s, from M.Fr. tendrillon "bud, shoot, cartilage," perhaps a dim. of tendron "cartilage," from O.Fr. tendre "soft" (see TENDER (Cf. tender) (adj.)), or else from L. tendere "to stretch, extend" (see TENDER (Cf. tender) (v.)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tendril — est un super vilain créé par Marvel Comics. Il est apparu pour la première fois dans Spider Man: the final adventure #1, en 1995. Origine River Verys était le fils de hippies. Sa mère se suicida quand il eut deux ans, et il fut placé dans une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tendril — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tendril — Ten dril, a. Clasping; climbing as a tendril. [R.] Dyer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tendril — ► NOUN 1) a slender thread like appendage of a climbing plant, which stretches out and twines round any suitable support. 2) a slender ringlet of hair. ORIGIN probably from Old French tendron young shoot , from Latin tener tender …   English terms dictionary

  • tendril — [ten′drəl] n. [earlier tendrell, prob. altered < ME tendron, young tender shoot < OFr tendrum, ult. < L tener,TENDER1] 1. a threadlike part of a climbing plant, often in a spiral form, supporting it by clinging to or coiling around an… …   English World dictionary

  • tendril — tendrillar, tendrilous, adj. tendrilly, adj. /ten dril/, n. Bot. 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. [1530 40;… …   Universalium

  • Tendril — In botany, a tendril is a specialized stem, leaf or petiole with a threadlike shape that is used by climbing plants for support and attachment, generally by twining around whatever it touches. History The earliest and most comprehensive study of… …   Wikipedia

  • tendril — Anything useless that is kept for no particular reason. A packrat saves tendril; something most people would throw away that is kept. Barnaby s apartment is full of tendril. Dave needs to throw away that stack of newspaper and all the other… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • tendril — UK [ˈtendrəl] / US [ˈtendrɪl] noun [countable] Word forms tendril : singular tendril plural tendrils 1) a long thin part of some plants that joins onto things and helps to support the plant 2) a thin curly piece of hair …   English dictionary

  • tendril — ten|dril [ˈtendrıl] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Old French tendron, from tendon tendon, tendril , from Medieval Latin tendo; TENDON] 1.) a thin leafless curling stem by which a climbing plant fastens itself to a support 2.) literary… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.