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Definition of tentacle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a long, thin part of the body of some creatures, such as squid, used for feeling or holding things, for moving, or for getting food (figurative) Tentacles of fear closed around her body.
  2. 2tentacles [plural] (usually disapproving) the influence that a large place, organization, or system has and that is hard to avoid The tentacles of satellite television are spreading ever wider.
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