Meaning of “tentacle” in the English Dictionary

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"tentacle" in British English

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tentaclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈten.tə.kəl/ us /ˈten.t̬ə.kəl/


  • So, when the blanket octopus swims by a Portuguese man-of-war, it takes a tentacle.
  • Swim into a box jellyfish by accident and the tentacles poison you.
  • Tentacles are the things that look like long legs.
  • Then it can hit its predators with the tentacle.
  • This animal has tentacles with venom on them.
  • When a clownfish chooses a sea anemone for a home, it lightly touches the tentacles with every part of its body to get used to the stings.

(Definition of “tentacle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tentacle" in American English

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tentaclenoun [ C ]

us /ˈten·tɑ·kəl/

a long, thin, arm of some sea animals, such as the octopus and jellyfish

(Definition of “tentacle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)