Definition of tendril noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtendrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendrəl//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1 a thin curling stem that grows from a climbing plant. A plant uses tendrils to attach itself to a wall or other support.
  2. 2(literary) a thin curling piece of something such as hair Her hair hung in tendrils about her face. See related entries: Describing hair
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: probably a diminutive of Old French tendron ‘young shoot’, from Latin tener ‘tender’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tendril