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ten·ta·cle

 (tĕn′tə-kəl)
n.
1. Zoology
a. An elongated flexible unsegmented extension, as one of those surrounding the mouth of a sea anemone, used for feeling, grasping, or locomotion.
b. One of these structures in a cephalopod, typically being retractile and having a clublike end usually with suckers or hooks, in contrast to an arm, which is nonretractile and typically has suckers along the underside.
2. Botany One of the sensitive hairs on the leaves of certain insectivorous plants, such as a sundew.
3. A similar part or extension, especially with respect to the ability to grasp or stretch: an espionage network with far-reaching tentacles.

[New Latin tentāculum, from Latin tentāre, to feel, try; see tentative.]

ten·tac′u·lar (-tăk′yə-lər) adj.

tentacle

(ˈtɛntəkəl)
n
1. (Zoology) any of various elongated flexible organs that occur near the mouth in many invertebrates and are used for feeding, grasping, etc
2. (Botany) any of the hairs on the leaf of an insectivorous plant that are used to capture prey
3. something resembling a tentacle, esp in its ability to reach out or grasp
[C18: from New Latin tentāculum, from Latin tentāre, variant of temptāre to feel]
ˈtentacled adj
ˈtentacle-ˌlike, tentaculoid adj
tentacular adj

ten•ta•cle

(ˈtɛn tə kəl)

n.
1. any of various slender, flexible processes or appendages in animals, esp. invertebrates, that serve as organs of touch, prehension, etc.; feeler.
2. a sensitive filament or hair on a plant, as one of the hairs of the sundew.
[1755–65; < New Latin tentāculum= Latin tentā(re), variant of temptāre to feel, probe + -culum -cle2]
ten′ta•cled, adj.
ten•tac′u•lar (-ˈtæk yə lər) adj.

ten·ta·cle

(tĕn′tə-kəl)
A narrow, flexible, unjointed part extending from the body of certain animals, such as an octopus, jellyfish, and sea anemone. Tentacles are used for feeling, grasping, or moving.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tentacle - something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and holdtentacle - something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold; "caught in the tentacles of organized crime"
grasp, grip - an intellectual hold or understanding; "a good grip on French history"; "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp"
2.tentacle - 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
feeler, antenna - one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste
barbel, feeler - slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
Translations
مِجَس، ذِراع
пипало
tentacle
chapadlotykadlo
fangarmtentakel
lonkero
griparmur
čiuptuvas
tausteklis
chápadlo
dokunaçtentakül

tentacle

[ˈtentəkl] Ntentáculo m

tentacle

[ˈtɛntəkəl] n [octopus] → tentacule m

tentacle

n (Zool) → Tentakel m or nt (spec); (of octopus etc also)Fangarm m; (of snail also)Fühler m; (fig)Klaue f

tentacle

[ˈtɛntəkl] ntentacolo

tentacle

(ˈtentəkl) noun
a long, thin, flexible arm-like or horn-like part of an animal, used to feel, grasp etc. An octopus has eight tentacles.
References in classic literature ?
I half turned, keeping my eyes fixed upon the cylinder still, from which other tentacles were now projecting, and began pushing my way back from the edge of the pit.
The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous.
There appeared in the papers caricatures of every gigantic and imaginary creature, from the white whale, the terrible "Moby Dick" of sub-arctic regions, to the immense kraken, whose tentacles could entangle a ship of five hundred tons and hurry it into the abyss of the ocean.
Then came rows of two-storied villas each with a fronting of miniature garden, and then again interminable lines of new staring brick buildings,--the monster tentacles which the giant city was throwing out into the country.
and he extended what appeared to be a bundle of tentacles from the posterior part of his head.
First it was her arms that wound themselves about my neck, long, sinuous, and supple as the tentacles of some vile monster; then, as I struggled, her thumbs were on my windpipe like pads of steel.
He saw the sandy bottom covered with shells, a rock with tentacles of seaweed floating from it, several huge crabs, a multitude of small fishes.
enclosing the disc with its silver tentacles, an enormous eye filled with flames, a glory carved for Pluto's head, a star launched by the Creator's hand, and crushed against the face of the moon!
With the squid-stick, bluntly sharp at both ends, perhaps a foot long, and held crosswise in the hand, the trick was to gouge any lazying squid until he closed his tentacles around fist, stick and arm.
Why, I've pulled out a squid with tentacles eight feet long, and done it under fifty feet of water.
Then I felt other soft little tentacles upon my back and shoulders.
Maud's Pink, 1999, for example, a leather floor sculpture at Sean Kelly, coils like a snake or an alien tentacle, pocked with mink-rimmed apertures that might be eyes, genitals, or piscine suckers.