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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: tentaculum, from Latin tentare; TEMPT

tentacle

noun
     
ten‧ta‧cle [countable]
1HBA one of the long thin parts of a sea creature such as an octopus which it uses for holding things
2

tentacles

[plural] the influence or effect that something has on other people or things - used to show disapproval:
The company's tentacles spread from car manufacturing to railways.
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