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Tentacle   Listen
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Tentacle  n.  (Zool.) A more or less elongated process or organ, simple or branched, proceeding from the head or cephalic region of invertebrate animals, being either an organ of sense, prehension, or motion.
Tentacle sheath (Zool.), a sheathlike structure around the base of the tentacles of many mollusks.






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"Tentacle" Quotes from Famous Books



... the cat, and in many of the rodents with hairs (marmot) or scales (guinea-pig) or solid horny warts (beaver). Many of the Ungulates have a free conical projection on the glans, and in many of the Ruminants this "phallus-tentacle" grows into a long cone, bent hook-wise at the base (as in the goat, antelope, gazelle, etc.). The different forms of the phallus are connected with variations in the structure and distribution of the sensory corpuscles—i.e. the real organs of the sexual sense, which develop ...
— The Evolution of Man, V.2 • Ernst Haeckel

... lashing with tail and fins till the water swirled to a boil over the shell-covered rock, and the sea-anemones all about shut their gorgeous, greedy flower-cups in a panic. But the struggle was a vain one. Slowly, inexorably, that mottled tentacle curled downward with its prey, and a portion of the under side of the rock became alive! Two ink-black eyes appeared, bulging, oval, implacable; and between them opened a great, hooked beak, like a giant parrot's. There was no separate head ...
— Kings in Exile • Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts



Words linked to "Tentacle" :   outgrowth, grip, process, grasp, antenna, feeler, barbel



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