I need a verb for "move on tentacles"? Something like walk or travel on tentacles.

There isn't such a thing as "to tentacle" and i can't find another word that would convey this meaning.

  • I think the closest you can get it is "to slither."
    – LawrenceC
    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:52
  • @LawrenceC So an octopus can slither on its tentacles? Apr 26, 2017 at 10:55
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    slither on its tentacles sounds appropriate to this US English speaker. Of course people do sometimes just say that octopuses "walk" or "crawl".
    – stangdon
    Apr 26, 2017 at 11:59
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    Usual would be moves or crawls. Slithers is more wriggling, undulating, snakelike.
    – TimR
    Apr 26, 2017 at 12:16

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There's no single word that has consensus to describe using tentacles to move on a solid surface. Not only is there no word that means specifically that, but there's no word that everyone agrees is the word for that.

Crawl, slither or walk can all work, and give different implications about the way in which the tentacles are being used.

To walk on tentacles would be to use them like legs.

To crawl on tentacles would not be to use them quite like legs, not so articulated, but still probably to be moving one's body up and down while one moved, pushing up on one tentacle after another.

To slither on tentacles suggests all of them remain equally on the ground at all times, and in very much the same position relative to the body.

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