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noun, plural lin·guae [ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.
  1. the tongue or a part like a tongue.

Origin of lingua

1665–75; < Latin; akin to tongue
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noun plural -guae (-ɡwiː) anatomy
  1. the technical name for tongue
  2. any tongue-like structure

Word Origin

C17: Latin
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lingua in Medicine


  1. Relating to the alveolar processes and the tongue.
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