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definition of the word tongue

by the Wiktionnary

From Middle English from Old English tunge from Proto-Germanic *tungōn from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s. Cognates include Latin lingua.

Singular
tongue

Plural
tongues

tongue (plural tongues)

  1. The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.
  2. A language.
    He was speaking in his native tongue.
  3. In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.
  4. Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.


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