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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, tentacles.
  • adj. Resembling a tentacle or tentacles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a tentacle or tentacles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a tentacle, in any sense; of the nature, structure, function, or appearance of a tentacle; adapted or used as a tactile organ; tentaculiform: as, tentacular character, movements, or formation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or resembling tentacles


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  • Her tentacular contempt for Shakespeare and Beethoven and Karl Marx and facial hair and government and “subnormal” children and the poor and the Baby Jesus and the U.N. and homosexuals and “simpering” social workers and French Impressionism and a thousand other things the flesh is heir to: experience?

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  • The restrictions, the ignorance, the exclusionary mind-set, and capricious control of a tentacular regime over even the smallest, most inconsequential details were all proof that “worse” was always a possibility.

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