tentacu-, tentac-

(Late Latin: feeler, to feel, to try)

bitentacle (s) (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of any creature that has two long, thin, armlike parts: "While researching zoological species in the sea, Brian noticed that there were some bitentacle animals in addition to the octopi (eight-tentacle animals) and squids (ten-tentacle animals)."

"One example of a bitentacle is the cuttlefish that has eight arms and two tentacles that have toothless suckers with which they grab and hold their prey."

bitentaculate (adjective) (not comparable)
Having two elongated, flexible, unsegmented extensions, or organs, like those surrounding the mouth or oral cavity of the squid; used for feeling, grasping, or movement from place to place: "The bitentaculate nature of some of the sea creatures living in tidal pools was being carefully studied by the oceanographers."
multitentacular (adjective), more multitentacular, most multitentacular
Having numerous elongated and flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling, holding, or locomotion: "There are several underwater creatures that have multitentacular feeding organs which sweep the nearby water, gathering food and directing it towards their mouths."
multitentaculate (adjective), more multitentaculate, most multitentaculate
Having many, long, thin, arms like some sea animals; such as, the octopus, squid, and the jellyfish: "The divers were documenting the various multitentaculate creatures that they were photographing for the TV series about sea life."
pinnitentaculate (adjective), more pinnitentaculate, most pinnitentaculate
Referring to the feathery finger-like extensions surrounding the mouths of some underwater animals: "A polyp is a pinnitentaculate creature in the ocean that has a body like a tube and a ring of tentacles around its mouth; or a coral, having a cylindrical body and oral openings which are usually surrounded by pinnitentaculate structures."
subtentacular (adjective), more subtentacular, most subtentacular
Located below or under the arm-like body parts of sea creatures: "The subtentacular areas on the octopus were being examined by the biologist."
tentacle (s) (noun), tentacles (pl)
1. Long, thin, armlike parts of some sea animals which are used for feeling and holding things, catching food, or moving around; such as, a squid, the octopus, and the jellyfish: "An octopus has eight tentacles which are used for many purposes."
2. An elongated flexible unsegmented extension, as one of those surrounding the mouth or oral cavity of the squid, used for feeling, grasping, or moving around: "Like the octopi, squids also use their tentacles to help them move, feed, or hold onto things."
3. One of the sensitive glandular hairs or filaments on the leaves of insectivorous (insect-eating) plants, such as the sundew whose secretions trap and digest prey: "Irwin noticed that if anything touches the tentacles on the leaves of the sundew plant, the leaves automatically close up, as if trying to capture whatever might be coming into contact with them."
4. A part or extension, especially with respect to the ability to grasp, to influence, or to control: "There was an espionage network with far-reaching tentacles."

"Henry's cousin was caught in the tentacles of organized crime."

"The neighborhood was caught in the tentacles of narcotics."

A woman with multiple tenacles.

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tentacled (adjective), more tentacled, most tentacled
Provided with or having elongated flexible organs used for feeding, grasping, moving, etc.: "Many creatures that live in the tidal pools are tentacled animals."
tentacular (adjective), more tentacular, most tentacular
Pertaining to or of the nature of an elongated and flexibly unsegmented extension that is used for grasping, moving around, touching and feeling, etc.: "The biologists were studying the tidal pool animals to determine which ones were the most tentacular."
tentaculate (adjective), more tentaculate, most tentaculate
A reference to organic projections, or appendages, that are equipped with sensory receptors and which are used for holding things; including food and for moving around: "The tentaculate projections around the mouths of some sea creatures are obviously utilized to consume food."
tentaculated (adjective), more tentaculated, most tentaculated
Descriptive of extended and flexible growths; usually, occurring on the head or around the mouth of an animal which is used to touch or to hold something, or to change locations: "There are no doubt many tentaculated animals in oceans and seas which scientists still have not identified."
tentaculiferous (adjective), more tentaculiferous, most tentaculiferous
Related to a creature that has structure-like arms which are used for catching food or for moving from place to place: "Some tentaculiferous animals include sea-anemones, tubiculous annelids, or cuttlefish."
tentaculiform (adjective), more tentaculiform, most tentaculiform
Having the form or appearance of long, thin arm-like body parts of certain sea creatures: "The zoologist specialized in finding and identifying as many tentaculiform creatures as he and his colleagues could locate."
tentaculigerous (adjective), more tentaculigerous, most tentaculigerous
Descriptive of arm-like bodily structures that some creatures utilize for feeling and holding something, for catching and consuming food, and for relocating to other areas: "The octopi are the best known oceanic animals that have multiple tentaculigerous appendages."
tentaculocyst (s) (noun), tentaculocysts (pl)
One of the vesicular (small sac, especially one containing fluid) or cystic auditory (hearing) organs of a hydrozoan: "The tentaculocysts are modified tentacles that act as hearing bodily parts and often have eye-spots on them; so, tentaculocysts are sometimes also a combination of visual and auditory organs in the form of modified tentacles."