[ glos-uh, glaw-suh ]
/ ˈglɒs ə, ˈglɔ sə /

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

Definition for glossa (2 of 2)


[ glaw-suh ]
/ ˈglɔ sə /


Cape, a promontory in SW Albania. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glossa


/ (ˈɡlɒsə) /

noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas

anatomy a technical word for the tongue
a paired tonguelike lobe in the labium of an insect

Derived Forms

glossal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for glossa


[ glôsə ]

n. pl. glos•sas

The tongue.
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