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[blak-tuhng] /ˈblækˌtʌŋ/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
canine pellagra.
Origin of blacktongue
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; black + tongue Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Do you note that black tongue that is slowly stretching down from it?

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • He opened his beak, showing his black tongue, shut it, then opened it again.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • That was the last time I ever saw her for she died of black tongue.

    Old Plantation Days Mrs. N. B. De Saussure
  • And he's got a black tongue, just like a pure breed Alderney cow.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • "Ah'll fin' somethin' to do," the black tongue of God concluded.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • His mouth was open, and a few drops fell upon his black tongue.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • It is called sore mouth, black tongue, new disease and other names.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • Its black tongue darted to and fro along that strange smile.

    The Worshipper of the Image Richard Le Gallienne
  • Jack was delighted when she managed slowly to say this long word with her black tongue, and he burst out laughing.

    Mopsa the Fairy Jean Ingelow
  • I reassured them as to his dogginess, and the watchman, after studying his black tongue, ventured a witticism.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
black tongue in Medicine

black tongue n.
The presence of a blackish- to yellowish-brown patch or patches on the tongue, accompanied by elongation of the papillae. Also called melanoglossia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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