Definition of Tentacle

1. Noun. Something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold. "Caught in the tentacles of organized crime"

Generic synonyms: Grasp, Grip
Derivative terms: Tentacular



2. Noun. Any of various elongated tactile or prehensile flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling or grasping or locomotion.
Specialized synonyms: Antenna, Feeler, Barbel, Feeler
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Derivative terms: Tentacular

Definition of Tentacle

1. n. A more or less elongated process or organ, simple or branched, proceeding from the head or cephalic region of invertebrate animals, being either an organ of sense, prehension, or motion.

Definition of Tentacle

1. Noun. An elongated, boneless, flexible organ or limb of some animals, such as the octopus and squid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tentacle

1. an elongated, flexible appendage of some animals [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tentacle

1. A more or less elongated process or organ, simple or branched, proceeding from the head or cephalic region of invertebrate animals, being either an organ of sense, prehension, or motion. Tentacle sheath, a sheathlike structure around the base of the tentacles of many mollusks. Origin: NL. Tentaculum, from L. Tentare to handle, feel: cf. F. Tentacule. See Tempt. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tentacle

tensors
tensure
tensynovitis
tent
tent-caterpillar moth
tent-fly
tent-maker
tent-makers
tent camping
tent caterpillar
tent flap
tent peg
tent stitch
tent wine
tentacle (current term)
tentacled
tentaclelike
tentacles
tentacula
tentacular
tentaculata
tentaculated
tentaculifera
tentaculiferous
tentaculiform
tentaculite
tentaculites
tentaculocyst
tentaculocysts

Literary usage of Tentacle

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1. A Manual of the Infusoria: Including a Description of All Known Flagellate by William Saville-Kent (1880)
"This tentacle, moreover, in addition to its simple structure, coincides in the circumstance of its delicate externally developed spiral fibrilla with the ..."

2. Text-book of Comparative Anatomy by Arnold Lang, Henry Meyners Bernard, Matilda Bernard, Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (1896)
"These are the tentacle nerves and the peripheral nerves. The tentacle nerve has a short course to the base of its tentacle, and there forms a ganglion—the ..."

3. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia by Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1903)
"After the tentacle has grown out for a little distance beyond the bell-margin ... As this process takes place first at the proximal end .of the tentacle, ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"Of or pertaining to a tentacle, in any sense ; of the nature, structure, function, or appearance of a tentacle ; adapted or used as a tactile organ ..."

5. Seaside Studies in Natural History by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, Alexander Agassiz (1871)
"They differ also from the others in having a single tentacle instead of a cluster, and on this tentacle the lasso- cells are scattered at uneven distances ..."

6. Medusae of the World by Alfred Goldsborough Mayer (1910)
"Forbes, 1848, describes and figures the tentacle-bulbs of ... or mass of very dark pigment, and having a single short tentacle arising from one side of the ..."

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