Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Asian ebony trees.

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  • n. A move in which the leg and foot stretch to point in a particular direction, but the foot does not leave the floor

Etymologies

Hindi tendū, from Sanskrit tainduka-, pertaining to tindukaḥ, the evergreen tree Diospyros embryopteris.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tendu ("stretched") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Maoists had called tendu leaf boycotts in the past to force prices up, but this time it didn't work.

    State Pulse: Chhattisgarh: Fighting the Naxals

  • Most of the inhabitants are subsistence farmers eking a meagre cash income from selling forest products, such as tendu patta.

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  • I had to think of some way to remember the ballet terms though, so when Chen Lueng started talking about the French word "tendu", I tried to remember the sound and immediately thought of the Chinese sounds "Ton Jiu", which means "nine pieces of lollies" -- backwards.

    Mao's last dancer

  • "They mainly extort money from traders of 'tendu' leaves, iron ore mining firms, small and big contractors and transporters," added the 57-year-old politician.

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  • Anyone with an interest in experimental theatre or conceptual art should try it.tendu. tv

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  • Le facteur m'a alors tendu un carton en me souhaitant une bonne journee!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • In Chhattisgarh and in Orissa, the villagers have clashed repeatedly with the Maoists who are involved in racketeering of forest resources including tendu leaves and babui fibres.

    CPI(Marxist) criticism of the Revolutionary Maoists / Naxalites /CPI(Maoist)

  • Dans son jardin «magique», un cabanon fait office de temple et de cabinet de consultation : un charivari mystico-ésotérique tendu de rouge, un bric-à-brac saturé d'encens, de statuettes païennes et religieuses, de pentacles et de bougies.

    Carmen : The Last Witch

  • Il a levé les yeux vers moi avec un sourire et il m'a tendu un écouteur

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Avant de partir vendredi dernier du magasin (que j'avais d'ailleurs pas envie de partir tellement j'y etais bien) elle m'a tendu un paquet cadeau et m'a dit qu'il fallait pas que je me decourage, qu'il fallait que je m'accroche et que yavé pas de raison que je n'y arrive pas!!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

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  • (tohn dew) Literally, "to stretch"; a common abbreviation for - battement tendu (Ballet)

    October 1, 2008