[glos-uh, glaw-suh]

noun, plural glos·sae [glos-ee, glaw-see] /ˈglɒs i, ˈglɔ si/, glos·sas.

Anatomy. the tongue.
Entomology. one of a pair of median, sometimes fused lobes of the labium of an insect.

Origin of glossa

First recorded in 1885–90, glossa is from the Greek word glôssa tongue




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noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas

anatomy a technical word for the tongue
a paired tonguelike lobe in the labium of an insect
Derived Formsglossal, adjective
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n. pl. glos•sas

The tongue.
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