TEN'DRIL, n. A clasp or clasper of a vine or other climbing or creeping plant; a filiform spiral shoot, that winds round another body. Tendrils or claspers are given to plants that have weak stalks. They are also given to creeping vines, which require support on the earth.
TEN'DRIL, a. Clasping; climbing; as a tendril.
Clasping; climbing; as a tendril. Dyer.
TEN'DRIL, n. [Fr. tendron, from tenir, to hold.]
A filiform spiral shoot of a plant that winds round another body for the purpose of support. Tendrils or claspers are given to plants that have weak stalks. Ray.
They are also given to creeping vines which require support on the earth.
A tendril, in most cases, is a peculiar modification of a petiole; though sometimes it is a modification of some part of the inflorescence, as in the vine. Lindley.
slender, leafless portion of a plant by which it becomes attached to a
supporting body, after which the tendril usually contracts by coiling
- Clasping; climbing as a