tentacle

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From New Latin tentāculum, from tentō. Doublet of tentaculum.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛntəkəl/, /ˈtɛntɨkəl/
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tentacle (plural tentacles)

  1. An elongated, boneless, flexible organ or limb of some animals, such as the octopus and squid.
  2. (botany) One of the glandular hairs on the leaves of certain insectivorous plants.
  3. (figuratively) An insidious reach or influence.
    the tentacles of the criminal underworld
  4. (Britain, military, historical) An officer employed to drive out to troops and transmit back requests for support via a special radio link.
    • 2013, Dr Ian Gooderson, Air Power at the Battlefront (page 26)
      A joint RAF/Army staffed Air Support Control (ASC) headquarters was established at each army corps and each armoured division, linked to the forward brigades by a 'tentacle' equipped with two-way wireless telegraphy.

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tentacle m (plural tentacles)

  1. tentacle

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