1. A small ring; a small circle.
2. A curl; especially, a curl of hair.
ETYM Shortened from Old Fren. tendrillon, from French tendre tender; hence, properly, the tender branch or spring of a plant: cf. French tendrille. Related to Tender, Tendron.
Slender stemlike structure by which some twining plants attach themselves to an object for support.
In botany, a slender, threadlike structure that supports a climbing plant by coiling around suitable supports, such as the stems and branches of other plants. It may be a modified stem, leaf, leaflet, flower, leaf stalk, or stipule (a small appendage on either side of the leaf stalk), and may be simple or branched. The tendrils of Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia are modified flower heads with suckerlike pads at the end that stick to walls, while those of the grapevine Vitis grow away from the light and thus enter dark crevices where they expand to anchor the plant firmly.
ETYM Old Eng. tresse, Old Fren. trece, French tresse, Late Lat. tricia, from Greek tricha threefold, because a tress is usually formed by interlacing three pieces; akin to treis three. Related to Three.
1. A braid, knot, or curl, of hair; a ringlet.
2. (Figurative) A knot or festoon, as of flowers.
ETYM Old Eng. wrethe, AS. wraeth a twisted band, from wrîthan to twist. Related to Writhe.
A circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes; SYN. garland, coronal, chaplet, lei.