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tendril


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tendril  \Ten"dril\,  a. 
  Clasping;  climbing  as  a  tendril.  [R.]  --Dyer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tendril 
  n  :  slender  stemlike  structure  by  which  some  twining  plants 
  attach  themselves  to  an  object  for  support 




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